T-shirt to dress

T-shirt to dress

Here’s a quick wee dress that I worked up a couple of weeks ago. I wore it today so snapped some quick photos to share. I made it the night before a sewbloggers’ Goldhawk Road meetup actually: I believe they kick you out of the meetup if you don’t wear something handmade (that’s a lie), and I fancied something new to wear for the occasion.

This actually barely counts as a real sewing project, because – shhh – I just took an existing t-shirt and added a super simple knit tube skirt to upcycle it into a frock. It barely warrants explanation, but I just lopped the bottom off the tee and stitched on a rectangular tube for the skirt, gathering both with elastic at the waist. Sometimes a non-technical instant gratification project is fun if you just fancy a little evening project; it was good to be spared the borrrring task of finishing necklines and cuffs for a change, too.

T-shirt to dress
T-shirt to dress
T-shirt to dress

I love the print of this knit; it was one of my remnant bin finds from Rolls & Rems. This is a great remnant stashbuster project since you only need a piece about 22 inches long to make a mini length skirt. Pleasingly standard 44″ wide fabric is the perfect gathered skirt width for me so I just seam selvedge to selvedge. I find I like to wear dresses more than separates these days, so I’m going to dig though my wardrobe to try and match up some more tees to stashed scraps – it would even work fine with wovens.

T-shirt to dress

Here’s how I wore it today (+ a coat of course) for a lovely Saturday wander around the best of East London: dropping into the Donna Wilson sample sale, a browse on Columbia Road, brunch at Mr Buckley’s finishing with the record and beer festival at Spitalfields. Josh wore his shirt too (he wears it a lot, so proud) so we were a real me-made couple!

Biker coat peek
Biker coat peek

Leaving you with a couple more coat peeks. The lining’s going in, we’re on the home stretch! Hope I can share – and wear – the finished thing very soon.

4 thoughts on “T-shirt to dress

  1. Melanie

    What a GREAT idea. I’m just learning to sew and my failure rate with stretch fabrics has been…very very high. I like this dress and that I wouldn’t need to make the top half myself…at this stage that’s just too much for this beginner!

    1. Katie Post author

      It’s definitely a great beginner project, give it a go! The only tricky bit really is stretching the elastic as you sew it on.

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