Monday, June 18, 2012

Easy Recycled T-Shirt Dress

I've been dying to share my latest sewing project because it is so easy and so, so cute!

I found this tutorial online, via Pinterest and after hearing my friend talk about doing it, I thought I would give it a try too. And I'm so glad I did!

This was originally meant to be a maxi dress created with an old toddler t-shirt and some fabric, but since I hate to throw out clothes, I used a white onesie and one of my old shirts. It's not really a maxi but the concept is pretty much the same.

You can find the full tutorial with pictures and detailed instructions here. 
Here's what I did:

1. Take an old shirt.
This guy probably should have gone to the Goodwill a while ago but I just knew there was something awesome I could make with it.

2. Cut the shirt a little bit longer than your desired dress length. 
I just used one of Addy's dresses as a guide.
Obviously, I am no expert at writing tutorials or sewing. So, if you're looking for some instructions from someone who actually measures and uses the right verbiage, go to the Simple Sinom and Co. blog.

3. Create a ruffle at the top of your material.
Don't know how to create a ruffle? Google it, because I am not the person to tell you.

4. Cut the onesie just below the arms. 

5. Attach the now ruffled shirt to the onesie, right sides facing each other.
The easiest way for me to do this was to lay the shirt material on the table, right side out, then slide the onesie up through the shirt, up side down, right side out. 
Note: If you are using an old shirt, be sure to line up the sides of the shirt with the sides of the onesie. I forgot to this so Addy's dresses have a random seem going down the front.

There you have it! Super easy, five steps (unless I forgot one) and it only cost me like $2.50 for the onesie. AND it only took about 15 minutes! Seriously, you could make like 5 of these in a nap time!

With the extra material from the shirt, I added a t-shirt flower for a little more flare.

Have fun!


Jessica Baca said...

Katie those are so cute!! Nice job!

Renee said...

Wow those are awesome!! Well done with the crafties!! (kinda hopeful for a girl to try this for now!lol)

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