Thursday, February 8, 2007

T-Shirt Dress How-To...

In my previous t-shirt dress post,
I was asked to share how I made them.
So today I sat down to make another one
so I could explain with pictures. :-)
To create the skirt,
I make the waist about twice the width
of the child's waist.
For example, if her waist is 10 inches,
I make the width 20.
For the length, I measured how long I want it
and then add a couple of inches for seam allowance.
Then I draw my pattern on sewing tracing paper
and make it into an 'A' line skirt (using a yard stick).
I, then, cut the pattern out on the fabric for the skirt...

I have both of my girls lengths on there
and just fold it when I am making the shorter one.
This pattern is placed on the fold of the fabric
(the straight line side)
so when it is cut and you open the fabric,
it will be longer than the waist of the shirt...

Two skirt pieces should be cut.
In the picture above, the shirt is cut already.
To cut the shirt, I hold it up to my daughter
to see where I want the waistline to be, then I cut it.
Here is a photo of how much I took off
of this particular shirt,
though every shirt is different...

I then sew the two skirt pieces together at the sides,
using about a 3/8" seam...

Then I sew a gathering stitch
(on my sewing machine, it is the number 4 setting)
on the top of the skirt (the waistline).
Then I put the shirt inside the skirt
(right sides together)
matching the bottom of the shirt to the top of the skirt...

I line up the skirt seams with the shirt seams
and, then, gather and pin the waistline...

Then I sew the waistlines together...

I, then, hem the bottom
and the new dress is finished...

I sure hope that helps.
They make wonderful little dresses
for lil' girls, older girls, and mamas.

Below are additional t-shirt dresses that I've sewn...
February 4, 2007
March 3, 2007
May 28, 2007
June 15, 2007


Jessica said...

That is so great!! Thanks for posting the instuctions. I love dresses that they can just slip on, especially for the little ones. Thanks...

HsKubes said...

Jess ~ You're very welcome. We love these easy-to-slip-on dresses, too. Happy sewing!

~ Christina

Training Hearts said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I'm so excited to share that I made one today and it took less than hour and I've got 3 more that I will be making as soon as I get some more denim fabric!!!

I posted a picture on my blog:

Andrea said...

Thank you so much for this easy tutorial! My daughters love to sew, and this is an easy way for them to make something they can wear.


Melanie said...

Wow, this is great - I've been looking for instructions on how to do this! My daughter is tall and very thin - so everything that fits around the top is too short, and everything long enough is falling off her shoulders!

Heather and Amber said...

Thank you for posting directions for a T-shirt dress, I've search online for one and yours is the best! I can't wait to get started on my 3 daughters dresses!

Anonymous said...

We have 6 children and home school half of them your sight is so great it's a very wonderful inspiration to the rest of us out here trying to bring up good healthy christian kids. Thanks

HsKubes said...

Thank you, anonymous.
Your kind words are a real blessing and encouragement.

~ Christina


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