Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Upcycled and recycled part 2- Tutorial, How to make a T-shirt dress!

My husband cleaned out his closet and got rid of some of his T-shirts. I decided to try to create something with them that I could use.
I ended up making two tops and a dress and since the dress is my favorite dress now, I figured I could show you how to make it!

Pick a T-shirt and lay it flat on a table. Cut of the sleeves and cut them open by removing the seem. (Keep the bottom seem as that will be the top of your dress) Use something strait to draw a strait line on the sleeves. I used a piece of wood I found... Put the sleeves aside.

Lay the "body" of the T-shirt flat on the table. Draw a strait line just under the neck of the shirt. Use a tape measure to measure from the bottom of the T-shirt to make sure the line get strait! Carefully cut the top part off both front side and back side. It is important that this cut is strait or you will end up with a dress that is uneven.
Cut the sides of the dress to a fitting shape by using an old dress as a pattern or by simply try it on. Make sure to leave and extra 1 inch on each side for the seems.

Pin the sleeves to the top of your "dress" with the outside of the fabric facing each other. Sew a strait seem, remove the pins and repeat on the back side.

Finally sew the sides of the dress and try it on to make sure it fits.

From here you can be creative and add ribbons, fabric flowers, beads, strings for halter neck...etc, etc...

Hope you will succeed and let me know if you have any questions! ;-)

Have fun!











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10 comments:

barleecreations said...

That is so cool!

JuSa Idéer said...

Wow, smart way to get a new dress without paying a lot of money! You should work as a designer!
Love Sara

Amuseme said...

Wow... Catrin! great idea and great photos!!! You can compile it and write a book! I can't wait for Greg to throw one of his t-shirt now just so I can wear it. =)

AMKreations said...

Wow, that's amazing...you did a great job. =)

Diana said...

You look adorable in it. I think I rather you make one for me...so cute!

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

Wow! Great job!!! I should try something like this for my daughters, too!

Rut Linden said...

CATRIN! You blow my mind! Super-enkel "How to", att du ens kom på det! Jag håller med, du är minsann allt en liten designer, att du gömt det så väl innan?! :)
STOR KRAM till dig och Davo!

Sadee Schilling said...

I cannot believe you made that cute dress out of one of your husband's old t-shirts!!! Such a great idea! Thank you for visiting my blog this weekend!

Jen said...

Love your dress! This is such a great way to use old t-shirts. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Mechelle said...

You did a great job!