Remember my DIY Shibori Dress post from waaay back when? Well, I promised to share a tutorial on how I made the dress upcycled from two oversized T-shirts. Here it is!
A few words: I made roughly a medium sized dress from two XL T-shirts, but the size will be adjusted to your size when you make your pattern.
Disclaimer: I'm not a sewing expert and it's been some time since I wrote a tutorial. Please be nice!
How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts
What You Will Need
- Two oversized T-shirts (the bigger, the better!)
- Matching thread
- Pattern (either an existing piece of clothing or a commercial sewing pattern)
Tip: If the garment is made of a stretchier material than the T-shirt, add a bit more to the seam allowance because the finished garment might be too tight!
2. Cut along the marked lines.
3. Turn the shirt inside out.
4. Pin and sew along the sides and shoulders (if you cut there).
5. Now for the skirt portion! Once again, it's easier to err on the side of a larger size and then take it in for a smaller size. Repeat the same procedure of marking and cutting.
Tip: You will definitely want to avoid the neck binding, so make sure to trace your pieces around it. Also, I thought of it afterwards, but you can add pockets pretty easily! Newbies can check out this tutorial.
6. Pin and sew along the side seams with right sides together.
7. Leaving the skirt wrong side out, shimmy the shirt (right-side out) so the two waist edges meet. Pin and sew! (For a clearer picture, scroll down in this post)
8. Turn right side out. Hem the neck hole, arm holes, and hemline (if necessary).
Of course, I used two plain white T-shirts so I could tie-dye my dress. However, you can make a dress out of any huge T-shirts you have laying around. Concert tees, school T-shirts, and anything else you can think of!
Have fun sewing!
What kind of T-shirts are you going to turn into a dress?