Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thursday's Tutorial - T-shirt Dress

Today's Tutorial is so stinking cute and although I wish I could say I did it, I can not.  It comes to us from Sumo's Sweet Stuff.  Have you been to her blog yet?  It is chalked full of well Sweet stuff like Tutorials, crafts, recipes, and more.  You must go by and tell her hi. 

She is going to show us how to make a t-shirt dress.  If you are around my age then you may remember wearing t-shirt dresses as a child and if you're like me the thought of that memory just scares the poo out of you, let's face it they weren't that cute, big hair, wacky fabric at the bottom and a wild colored t-shirt at top that probably had glitter fabric paint on it.  But this one is oh so precious that any little monkey would be excited to wear it. 
So Let's get started.
Here's what you need:
- t-shirt (mine was a $3.50 tank from Wal-Mart)
- fabric
- iron
- sewing machine/accessories
- buttons (optional)

You'll want to start off by using a dress your little girl already has for some measurements. For the body of the dress, you'll want to measure across the width, and then cut your width of fabric to be one and a half times that. As for the length, you'll just want to figure how long you want the dress to be, subtract how much shirt you are leaving, and there's your measurement for the length. If you are smart, use the fold of the fabric to cut this piece out. That saves you sewing a side. You can see that I was not smart.

For the ruffles, you'll want to make them as long as two times your width since you will be gathering them to make them ruffle. For the width, it just depends on how long your dress is going to be and how many different fabrics you are using. I needed five ruffles that would be about three and a half inches wide, so I cut them at four inches to account for seams. Again, use your fold! I got smart this time!

You'll want to pin the two right sides of your fabric for the body of the dress together and sew the seams. I used a 1/4" allowance.

Next I ironed a 1/4" on the bottom of the body and sewed it.

At the top of your body, do a gathering stitch by setting your stitch length to the longest length. Don't backstitch here! You'll need your thread ends nice and long so that you can pull.

After I did the body, I closed up one of the ruffles, ironed and hemmed it, and did the gathering stitch at the top. This was the ruffle I wanted to go first.

Next you are going to pin your ruffle, body, and half shirt together and sew a quarter inch seam.

Turn it right side out and top stitch.

Doesn't this look like a little 80's dress??

Then you're going to want to hem and gather all of your other ruffles. Here's a little pile of ruffles!

Then, measure the distance that you want between ruffles. Okay, I was living on the edge and just eyeballed it! Pin your ruffle down and sew it all the way around.

Then top stitch all the way around. Do this for all of your ruffles.

Looking good so far!

Then I decided that I wanted to put something on the sleeves of the tank. I traced a circle and cut it in half.

Then I ironed down the curved edge and sewed it....

And then did a gathering stitch to give it a bit of a ruffle.

Sew them on to the tank.

Make a cute flower and hand stitch it on.

Hand stitch on some buttons.

And you are done! A cute, unique dress!

I also made one out of a onesie for my baby.

Then put them on the cutest girls you know and admire your work!

How awesome are these?!  Please go tell her hi and browse around her blog and have fun making your own t-shirt dresses.

Happy Thursday Ya'll.
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