Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tutorial Tuesday


When I am making dresses for my little girls, I do not enjoy making the sleeves. So I thought that I would try something a little different. I took one of my daughters plain t-shirts and turned it into a dress (it's all she wears!!)

First get a plain t-shirt, and cut it a few inches below the sleeves. You can cut it wherever you want depending on where you want the skirt part of the dress to start.

Then go measure your little one and cut out the skirt part. It's going to be longer then a normal skirt since it is attached to the shirt near the chest area. And remember to leave some length for the hem. (Cut 2 pieces, one for the front and one for the back)

I don't have a picture of this, but....turn the shirt inside out and cut along the side seams (very carefully) about 1 3/4 inches (you can see the cut in the picture below).

Then put right sides of the shirt and fabric together and pin the skirt along the cut edge of the shirt. I found it easier to pin both of the sides first and then pin the middle.

Then sew along the edge.

I sewed along the edge twice.

Then cut the extra fabric off, but be careful not to cut the stitching off.

Repeat the above steps for the back of the shirt too.

Then pin the sides and sew.

Last step - Hem the bottom of the dress.

Ta Da....a shirt turned into a dress! It was really easy to do this and my daughter loves it.

(I hope my tutorial makes sense, you can always ask questions if you don't understand something :) )


Ashley said...

Awww! I love this. I wish I had a little girl to make it for. So adorable!

~Trish~ said...

ADORABLE!! Thanks for stopping by my blog when it was featured last week! I'm still trying to catch up with all the comments I got!!