How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts



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 on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #sewing #tutorial



How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts
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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)
  • Chalk
  • Scissors



How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #sewing #tutorial


Directions


1.  You will use one of the shirts for the top of your dress.  Mark with chalk, using your pattern piece.  OR if you are using an existing garment, outline the top, making sure to add the seam allowance of your choice (1/4", 3/8", 1/2", etc.).



How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #sewing #tutorial


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!



How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #sewing #tutorial


2.  Cut along the marked lines.


How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #sewing #tutorial

How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #sewing #tutorial


3.  Turn the shirt inside out.


How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #sewing #tutorial


4.  Pin and sew along the sides and shoulders (if you cut there).


How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #sewing #tutorial


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.


How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #sewing #tutorial


6.  Pin and sew along the side seams with right sides together.


How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #sewing #tutorial


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)


How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #sewing #tutorial


8.  Turn right side out.  Hem the neck hole, arm holes, and hemline (if necessary).


How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #sewing #tutorial


That's it!

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?


How to: DIY a Dress Upcycled from Oversized T-shirts on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #sewing #tutorial


7 comments:

  1. Lovely idea! and very easy to do. Perfect for a comfy garment

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  2. Very cool tutorial, Diane. Best wishes, Linda Crafts a la Mode

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  3. Great idea! I see you lined up the bottom shirt to use the existing hem, smart :)

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  4. Hi there

    Just stopped by to let you know that I
    featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!

    A
    Round Tuit 247


    Thanks again for linking
    up! Hope you have a great week!

    Jill
    @ Creating my way to Success

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  5. It really is comfy! Just like wearing an oversized shirt. :)

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  6. It's called being lazy. I mean, clever! :)

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