DIY T-Shirt Dress: A Simple Tutorial by Anita by Design

If you missed last week's post, you can check out the adorable t-shirt dresses I made for the "Sewing 4 Haiti" initiative HERE.

What's up, folks? The majority of you have probably already seen the "Sewing 4 Haiti" t-shirt dresses I made. HEREIn case you missed it last week, you can read that entry HERE. The children of Haiti remain a focus of our prayers.

As I was still in the mood to sew for little girls, I whipped up a few more dresses. Once again, I enlisted the help of some young ladies to demonstrate the dress's enviable appeal when worn and accessorized. I made sure to incorporate some of their favorite colors and patterns into the dresses I made for them. Despite its apparent simplicity, this dress's design and styling possibilities are practically limitless. This dress could be worn year-round with the addition of the right accessories and layers.

In search of a memorable present    The ease with which the dress can be sewn will astound you. This is an EASY PROJECT FOR NOVICES. It takes only an hour to sew, so it's perfect for last-minute presents or additions to your daughter's wardrobe. So, test it out. Get your daughter involved in the process of picking out the shirt and fabric. Give her free reign over the patterns and hues she wears. She'll be overjoyed to learn that she contributed to the creation of her dress. This is such a simple dress to make that it would be great if she could lend a hand while you construct it. You could have a special day with your mom, grandma, aunt, niece, or mentee. Have a good time with whatever it is you end up doing.  

Check out these outfit ideas that the girls and their mothers came up with! The girls totally killed it, and we loved working with them. Images are followed by a step-by-step guide.

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In this tutorial, you can either:

  1. Instructions in Writing - If you'd rather read than watch, I've included a detailed walkthrough of the entire process in this blog post.
  2. At the bottom of this post is a video tutorial for those readers who learn better with visuals and sound.

Materials Required:

Easy DIY T-Shirt Dress Tutorial

  1. Tee shirt (made from one hundred percent cotton).
  2. Trimmings: half a yard to a yard of fabric (I used 100% cotton).
  3. Interfacing with Fuses
  4. Scissors for Cutting Fabric
  5. Needles without kinks
  6. Gauge Tape
  7. Measurement Tool with Grid or Yard Stick
  8. Thread
  9. Chalk for tailoring, also known as a chalk roller
  10. Optional: Press Cloth (Not Shown)

Not required (but helpful)

Easy DIY T-Shirt Dress Tutorial First, go out and buy some fabric and T-shirts.

T-SHIRT I bought three T-Shirt Mart t-shirts for ten dollars each because they are made of 100 percent cotton. T-shirts can be found in most department stores, discount stores, and boutiques that cater to women and girls. Furthermore, t-shirts can be purchased from JoAnn Threads Michael’sAlso, Michael's To save a ton of money, redeem this coupon good for fifty percent off.

You will require half a yard to a yard of fabric. I went to JoAnn Fabrics and bought some flannel, which is cotton but thicker than regular cotton.   The length of the skirt you want will determine how much fabric you need to buy. Get more fabric, divide it into two panels, and sew them together to create a fuller skirt.

Easy DIY T-Shirt Dress Tutorial

2nd Step: Get the T-Shirt Ready

In this phase, you will pre-treat and measure (illustrated below).

Follow the care instructions found on the tag of your t-shirt for the best results. The shirt needs to be dried and ironed flat. Take a measurement on both sides, starting at the bottom of the armhole opening and ending where you want the shirt to hit. I made a depth measurement of 3 inches Drive a straight pin into it there. If you're not sure where to cut the shirt, have the girl you're making it for try it on and chalk the side you want to cut. Then, after taking the shirt off, pin it on both sides at the same length.

Easy DIY T-Shirt Dress Tutorial

SHIRTCUT (For reference, see images below)

(1) Align the pins on both sides of the t-shirt with your ruler or yard stick.

(2) Make a vertical line from one end to the other using your tailor's chalk or chalk roller. It's also acceptable to use marking utensils for this purpose.

To do step 3, you'll need a pair of fabric scissors and a straight edge.  

It's important to make sure your cut is straight before moving on to step 4. Smooth out the rough spots.

Easy DIY T-Shirt Dress Tutorial T-SHIRT INTERFACING - We'll be applying interfacing to the t-shirt's raw edge before sewing on the skirt to keep it from stretching. (Camera images follow.)

Using a measuring tape, go from one side of the tee (along the slit) to the other. Basically, you need to double that and add half an inch. Allow an extra half an inch for the side curves and interfacing shrinkage. Take down the dimensions  

(2) To illustrate, please reverse the shirts inside out. Make an interfacing strip that is half an inch wide and as long as the measurement you just took. For the best results, cut this strip in a straight line along the non-stretchy selvage edge of the interfacing. You know you've miscut your strip of interfacing if you can pull it and it stretches. Place the interfacing so that the glue side is facing the t-shirt and align it with the cut edge.

3. Attach the interfacing to the shirt by pressing it on all around. (You should use a press cloth to avoid getting glue on the bottom of your iron while doing this. Just snip off any excess interfacing that has accumulated at the very tip. Just cut another strip of interfacing to the desired length to cover the shortfall.

Easy DIY T-Shirt Dress Tutorial SPLIT T-SHIRT IN HALF - This will ensure an even attachment of the skirt to the top. Photos are below.

The first step is to pin the shirt together at the seams.

To make the folds at the front and back of the shirt, (2) bring the side edges together and lay the shirt flat in front of you. Place straight pins at the creases. This is a picture of your shirt cut into quarters. Let's get the skirt ready while you take off your shirt.

Easy DIY T-Shirt Dress Tutorial

Easy DIY T-Shirt Dress Tutorial

Thirdly, get the skirt ready.

SKIRT SIZE MEASUREMENTS (For images, scroll down)

First, unfold your fabric so that the printed side is facing you. If your fabric has a border at the selvage end(s), cut it off with your fabric shears or rotary cutter. There is a white border around some fabrics, and in that space, the manufacturer often prints details about the fabric. Some of them are just white (or colored) spaces. We're cutting away the border so that when the seam is sewn together, there won't be any visible border on the right side of the fabric.

To do this, (2) align the bottom of the t-shirt with the top of your fabric. Get out your measuring tape and cut to size. If you want your skirt to be exactly that length, add an additional 1 1/2 inches to that number. Make note of this dimension

Easy DIY T-Shirt Dress Tutorial We will use the above measurements to determine the length of the skirt to be cut. As evidenced by the images below:

Align the selvage edges by folding the fabric in half lengthwise.

To begin (2), using your rotary cutter or fabric scissors, cut across the width of your fabric to create a straight edge at the top. Before cutting with scissors, use a yardstick or ruler to draw a straight line across the fabric. Measure from the top edge down to the desired length and then cut across the width of the fabric.

Easy DIY T-Shirt Dress Tutorial

SKIRTS WITH A SEWN-IN SEAM: (Check out the images down below)

1. Fold skirt in half lengthwise, with right sides together. Stitch the hem of the skirt to the waistband, backstitching at the start and finish, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance. You can choose how to finish the raw edges of the seam allowance. It is my intention to use my serger to complete all seam allowances.

(2) Flatten and press the seam on both sides. To get the best results when pressing your garment, I recommend using a press cloth.

Third, press the seam of the skirt open to one side from the inside.

After step 3, reverse the skirt so the outside is facing you. Press the seam again.

How to Sew an Easy T-shirt Dress - For Little Girls

TO GET READY FOR THEM: (For examples, see the images below)

(1)   Stitch around the hem of the skirt with a 1 inch seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end (guide stitching).

(2) Stitch a fold along the raw edge as a guide. The skirt's stitching is meant to be visible from the reverse side.

(3) Fold it in half and press it

(4) Lift the fold and bring the raw edge to meet the folded edge (at the guide stitching).

(5) Revisit the folding technique A new result is a double fold.

(6) Fold the skirt in half twice and press the seams shut.

How to Sew an Easy T-shirt Dress - For Little Girls SEW HEM : (Camera images follow.)

Hem the fabric, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Sewing can be done from either the front or the back of the fabric.

How to Sew an Easy T-shirt Dress - For Little Girls Get the party ready: (Below are some examples of pictures that can be used)

One, sew two rows of basting stitches into the skirt's upper edge. Start stitching the first row at the 3/8-inch mark. Attach the second row of stitches halfway into the seam allowance. We're using a 3/8-inch seam so that any basting stitches we use to attach the skirt to the shirt won't be visible on the right side.

(2) Use the same method as for the t-shirt to divide the skirt into four equal parts.

How to Sew an Easy T-shirt Dress - For Little Girls Join the skirt to the top. (Check out the pictures down here)

(One) Tuck tee into skirt until the hems meet.  

How to Sew an Easy T-shirt Dress - For Little Girls (2) Match the seam in the back of the skirt to the seam in the back of the t-shirt. Sew the skirt to the shirt down the center front and both sides using matching pins.

Pining as you go, bring up the gathers on one side of the skirt, and then distribute them evenly. Alternately, on the other skirt side.

4-Spread the goods like a blanket, pinning as you go. Steps 3 and 4 are repeated on the other skirt side.

5. With a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew the t-shirt to the skirt. The final step is to apply the seam finish of your choice to the edge.

How to Sew an Easy T-shirt Dress - For Little Girls

F DRESSE INNÉRE: Photos are below.

(1) Pressing the seam flat

The second step is to press the dress's inner seam toward the t-shirt.

Finally, step three is to press the seam on the outside of the dress.

The fourth step is to topstitch the t-shirt, catching the seam allowance underneath and stitching 1/4 inch from the seam.

How to Sew an Easy T-shirt Dress - For Little Girls You're nearly done with your dress. Finish it off with your preferred adorable touches and hit send. The finishing touches of buttons, bows, flowers, and pins make this an adorable outfit for your precious little one.

Sewing 4 Haiti - T-Shirt Dress

Photographs by Anita Morris for a Step-by-Step Guide

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Always keep in mind that God shines brightest when you are operating within your DESIGN.

Anita

How to Sew an Easy T-Shirt Dress

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