Thursday, March 10, 2011

how to make a t-shirt dress.

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This is the perfect summer dress for any little girl!!!
{i know you are thinking..."can i have one too?"}

It is simple, doesn't require too much fabric and definitely doesn't require a pattern.
Feel free to add and alter!!! Go a little crazy :)

What will you need? {besides your sewing machine}
a t-shirt, 1 piece of fabric for bottom, 1 piece of fabric for main skirt, measuring tape, and scissor

First we are going to figure out the measurements for your t-shirt and skirt...

I am giving you measurements, but the best way would be to put the t-shirt on your child and mark with a pen where to cut!
Also then measure how long you would like the dress and calculate skirt fabric measurements
{mine are just guidelines!}

I also would use the entire width of the fabric, unless you are making 6m-24m sizes.

Size 6-12m:
cut main skirt 9"x 36''
cut bottom band 5.25" x 36''
cut t-shirt 1.75" below arm hole

Size 12-18m:
cut main skirt 10.5'' x 38''
cut bottom band 6'' x 38''
cut t-shirt 1.75" below arm hole

Size 18-24m:
cut main skirt 12''x 40''
cut bottom band 6.35'' x 40''
cut t-shirt 1.75" below arm hole

Size 2
cut main skirt 12.5" x entire width of fabric
cut bottom band 6.75"x entire width of fabric
cut t-shirt 2'' below arm hole

Size 3
cut main skirt 13.75" x entire width of fabric
cut bottom band 7.5" x entire width of fabric
cut t-shirt 2.5'' below arm hole

Size 4
cut main skirt 15" x entire width of fabric
cut bottom band 8" x entire width of fabric
cut t-shirt 2.75'' below arm hole

Size 5
cut main skirt 16.5" x entire width of fabric
cut bottom band 8.25" x entire width of fabric
cut t-shirt 2.75'' below arm hole

Size 6
cut main skirt 18.25" x entire width of fabric
cut bottom band 8.75" x entire width of fabric
cut t-shirt 3'' below arm hole

Size 7
cut main skirt 20" x entire width of fabric
cut bottom band 9" x entire width of fabric
cut t-shirt 3'' below arm hole

Size 8
cut main skirt 20.75" x entire width of fabric
cut bottom band 9.75" x entire width of fabric
cut t-shirt 3.25'' below arm hole

Now after you have determined your measurements, let start cutting!!

I would use the entire width of the fabric, unless you are making 6m-24m sizes.
If you are making a smaller size just look above for width of fabric suggestions!

Cut your fabric to appropriate sizes.

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{my new fabric tool, a rotary cutter}

Now measurement below the arm hole and cut your t-shirt straight across.
This is not going to be perfect because t-shirts are IMPERFECT!!!
Some of you are going to hate me for saying this, but just "eye ball" it :)

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Now we are going to sew the side seams together for the bottom band of the skirt.
Sew with right sides of the fabric together!

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Now fold the two edges of the band together and iron.

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This is going to create a pretty edge for the bottom of the skirt, so you don't have to hem :)

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{you could also do a ruffle, but thought i would start simple}

Now we are going to sew the side seam together for the main skirt fabric... 
Sew with right sides together... {lost this pic, but do the same as the band}
Let's finish the inside seams of the dress.

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If you don't have a serger, then we can just zigzag stitch!

Cut close to the seam, about 1/4 inch...

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Adjust your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch that will create a stitch something like this...

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Next we will attach the band to the bottom of the main fabric, which is now a circle.

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Pin into place, first begin matching the side seams and go all the way around the skirt attaching...

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Next sew into place...

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Finish the seam, by cutting close to your stitching and then zigzag all the way around.

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Next iron and top stitch around the band to make it pretty {and proffes}

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Now we will create a gathering stitch, my increasing your stitch length to 5 and stitching around the top of the skirt.

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Pull the bobbin {or bottom} thread and gather your fabric.

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You will gather your fabric until it is the same circumferance as your t-shirt.

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The best way is the match your side seam of your t-shirt first... and pin into place
Make sure you are matching the right side of the t-shirt to the right side of the skirt fabric!
Then match the fold of the fabric with the other side seam of the shirt... and pin into place

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Now continue to gather and pin, until the skirt and t-shirt match up.
Pins will be your best friends here :)

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Now sew!!  
But make sure the ruffle is on the bottom and t-shirt is on the top, while sewing!!!
T-shirts will stretch and get pulled funny if it is on the bottom... then you will be mad at me :)

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After sewing the t-shirt and skirt together, Trim close to the stitching and zigzag to finish the seam!

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Now let your imagination run wild...
I added ricrac and a flower for just a little fun!!!

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{just fold under edge of ricrac and top stitch to the seam of the dress}
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Let me know if you have any questions!!!

happy sewing.






6 comments:

  1. that is adorable!! i love your blog! thank you for the tutorials. it's gotten me really excited about some projects i've been wanting to do!

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  4. Thank you for your tutorial! It is clear for beginners :) I do have a few questions: I just wanted to clarify. So, you only cut 1 long strip and fold it in half? Also, for a size 8, does the bottom band end up being about 4 inches when the dress is finished since you cut it at 9 inches? And, what do you do with the basting stitch when you're finished sewing that strip to the t-shirt? Do you leave it in or take it out? Do you use any special needles?

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