How to Make a Dress Out of Old T Shirts


Do you hate trying on dress after dress, only to head home empty handed because none of them fit you perfectly? Shopping can be expensive and challenging. With a few supplies, most of which you probably have lying around your house, you can create your own chic, stylish dress.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 or 3 old T-shirts
  • Needle or sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Straight Pins

Finding the Right Pieces

  • Choose the shirt that you want to be at the top of your dress. Put the shirt on and mark where it hits the bottom of your ribs. Cut a straight line across your mark. Discard the bottom of the shirt.

  • Pick a different colored shirt that will be the next section of your dress. Cut a horizontal line across the T-shirt, directly under the sleeves so that you have a rectangle of fabric. Turn both pieces inside out. Pin the rectangle to the bottom of Step 1's T-shirt top, leaving one-half inch extra fabric on both pieces. This is where you will sew.

  • If you would like your dress to be longer, repeat Step 2 with a different colored T-shirt. Remember, the more colors and patterns you mix, the more unique your dress will be!

Putting it all together

  • Turn the pinned-together dress inside-out so that the stitches end up on the inside of the dress one-half inch from the cut edges.

  • Thread your needle or sewing machine with a color of thread that matches one of the two or three sections. If you want your dress to look extra funky, choose a contrasting thread. For example, if your shirt sections are purple and blue, use yellow or orange thread.

  • Knot your starting point. If you're using a needle, ball up the thread or tie several knots at the end of the thread. If using a sewing machine, be sure to sew forward about an inch, then retrace your line backward before starting forward again and sewing the entire section line together.

  • Repeat Step 3 on each section of your dress until it is complete!

Tips & Warnings

  • This craft works best if the T-shirts are about the same size so that they fit together nicely.
  • You can wear your dress baggy, or use a belt around your ribs to make it form fitting.
  • These dresses look adorable with funky or plain tights. Leggings work great too!
  • Always operate sewing machines with caution.

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