Saturday, July 23, 2011

Repurposed Shirt to Dress (Plus Leggings)

Here we go again...
I thought this one turned out so cute and was really easy.
I'll definitely be using this idea again.

Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the shirt before I started, but it was just a basic baseball cut t-shirt.
First I cut off the collar and shirred 1/4 inch apart for 5 rows.
I did the outer edge first and worked my way in.
(If you've never shirred before DON'T be afraid to try. It was soooo easy. You'll need thread that matches your fabric and elastic thread. I just followed the shirring instructions on the back of the elastic thread package and it was so simple).

Next I measured across the chest to get the width I needed. (You can just lay a shirt on top that's the size you want and mark the sides.) I drew a line down and slightly angled out for the sides of the dress and another that went out for the sleeve bottoms. Cut on lines, turn the dress inside out, and sew new side and arm seams.

Now I trimmed off the hemmed edge of the sleeve and shirred a couple rows around.
(After you are done shirring steam the dress with an iron and it will gather up tighter)
I cut the dress to the length I wanted and stitched in about 1/4 inch from the bottom. 

Then I thought some leggings would be adorable so I traced an existing pair to make a pattern and whipped some out of another old t-shirt. (Sorry no tutorial for that part, I'll have to make one later).
Just as a reference, I used my size small shirt to make a 9 or 12 month size baby dress. So to adjust the size you could start out with a bigger or smaller t-shirt and you can also adjust the width with the side seams and cut the neck hole bigger if you need to. This would be an easy way to make a new toddler shirt too.
 Pretty dang cute for another free outfit!

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  1. Great idea! I just tried my hand at making a tank top for myself out of an old t-shirt. I will definitely have to try making a dress for my daughter now! Thanks for the nice tutorial!

  2. I love repurposing. Not that I can actually do it, but I love it when other people do! I fuss I should try this sometime! Thanks!

  3. This looks really cute! Gives me a little confidence to try some shirring sometime.

  4. Adorable! If you have a moment, I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}.
    Thank you!
    carolyn | homework

  5. So so cute!! Love the way it turned out!

  6. I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

  7. This seriously looks like an outfit that I would buy at the mall! And I am super impressed that you did your own shirring! Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We are so grateful for your support and we hope that you will be back tomorrow to share more great ideas!
    Camille @

  8. unique style..thanks for sharing.regards.female models


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