Saturday, July 2, 2011

3 T-Shirts and a Dress Tutorial

Hello, bloggy friends! It's been a busy afternoon of sewing at Seams Inspired's house. ☺ As promised, here's the tutorial for the T-Shirt Dress. It's so easy, you'll be able to whip this up in under an hour. I hope you'll give it a try. If you do, and blog about it, please link back to Seams Inspired. ☺ Let's get started!

There are a LOT of photos...and you can click on any of them to see a larger view.

You'll need the following:

  • T-Shirt in your preferred Shirt Size
  • Two (2) T-Shirts in X-Large (or larger)
  • Flexible Measuring Tape
  • Sewing Shears (that's fancy talk for Scissors ☺)
  • Pins
  • Seam Ripper (optional, but it's always better to have this on hand)
  • Chalk or Marking Pen

For this dress, I chose a color-block look using a 4th of July themed T-Shirt
and navy blue T-Shirts for the skirt.
The first T-Shirt Dress I stitched, I used three shirts of the same color.

Let's take some measurements!

Measure from your shoulder down to your waist or wherever you want your bodice to end.
(I chose 4-inches above my natural waistline for this color-block dress)


Mark this measurement on your T-Shirt and cut.
You might want to try on the shirt at this point
just to get a visual of where it's going to fall.
Adjust if necessary.

Measure your waist (or where the bodice will fall on your torso)
and write down the number.

LET'S DO SOME MATH!

Deep breath. It's really very simple.
You can even use a calculator.
Don't have one? Use this online version.

Take your waist measurement and divide it by 8.
Example:  My torso measurement = 32 inches.
32 / 8 = 4 inches

Keep that measurement handy, as we prepare the skirt.

CUT THE NECKLINE AND SLEEVES!

Determine your neckline shape, mark, and cut.
Cut LESS than you think you want.
Just a little of the neckline cut, makes a big opening!


Turn under 1/8" and stitch.
You may decide to serge around the neckline before turning and stitching.
This is optional, because knit does not ravel.


Repeat for sleeves if you choose the sleeveless option.
For this dress, I chose to keep the cap sleeves as made.


LET'S WORK ON THE SHIRT SKIRT!

Lay flat one of your T-Shirts chosen for the skirt.


Cut off the arms, er sleeves.
(Cut just inside the seam line)

Mark below the neckline and cut.


Remove the T-Shirt Hem


LET'S SQUARE UP THAT FABRIC!

Mark and cut each shirt side
You don't want to have a swoop in your skirt! ☺

Repeat with remaining t-shirt.



WE'RE READY TO MAKE OUR MARKS!

Using the measurement from our math answer,
measure from bottom left corner (A), and mark the spot.


Use the same measurement to make a mark
 at the top right corner (B).
Draw a line to connect the marks.
It will look like this...


Mark and Cut all four T-Shirt squares.
You'll have a total of eight (8) triangles when you're finished.




LET'S DO SOME SKIRT STITCHING!

Place two triangles RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER
matching SMALLER WIDTH.
(The smaller width is your waist, or top of the skirt)

Check bottom edges of skirt to see if it lines up.
It probably won't.
Square up with a rotary cutter or shears.



Use a longer stitch length, or zigzag stitch, or serger.
OR if you have one of these nifty presser feet,
it will overcast the edge on your regular sewing machine. ☺


Here's what your first pair of triangles
should look like.

Press the seams as you go, but be careful not to stretch the fabric.
Match up another triangle, square the hemline, and stitch.


Grab another skirt triangle and
Repeat until you've sewn all 8 triangles together.

Your skirt should have a 'pointy' look to it,
with longer and shorter lengths
to create the handkerchief hemline.


LET'S SEW THE BODICE AND SKIRT TOGETHER!

Mark the Center Front and Center Back of the Bodice.
(Mark the sides or use the side seams for reference)



With RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER,
pin bodice to skirt.
(I usually turn the skirt inside out, and place the bodice INSIDE the skirt.)



Option 1...Baste and try on
Option 2...Stitch it up!
(I'm an Option 2 kinda girl. I LOVE my seam ripper! ☺)

There's no need to hem, since this is a knit.
If you prefer, you can turn under and hem, or serge the hem.

You're finished!

OR

Add an embellishment...

I opted to use some t-shirt scraps to add a ruffle to the bodice.
It hides a couple of irregularities in my stitching. ☺
I won't go into great detail on creating ruffles,
as there are some fabulous tutorials...Pickup Some Creativity

Pin the ruffle in place and stitch.

AND HERE'S THE FINISHED DRESS!



I love that it's versatile.
Just change the fabric and neckline for a new look.
Keep it casual, like my 4th of July dress;
or make it a bit dressy by using one color.

If you prefer a straight hem, by all means, do that!
It's your dress. Make it the way you want! ☺




Let me know if you give this a try. I'd love to see your 3 T-Shirts turned into a Dress!

Happy Sewing!

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