How to Make a Dress Out of Old T Shirts

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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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