Several weeks ago on Prudent Baby I saw them upcycle a t-shirt into a cute little girls summer dress, pinned here. Ugh, I want one! I need summer dresses too. :-(
That's when it struck me. I've had the intentions of downsizing a man's t-shirt into a fitted woman's t-shirt (still on my list), so why can't I alter a mans t-shirt into a dress? I've seen t-shirts and dress shirts made into skirts and other types of dresses, but I wanted one similar to the one on Prudent Baby.
This was one of those projects I didn't think I'd ever get over procrastinating. With no exact tutorial to follow on the style I'd wanted (that I could find) how would I proceed? Well I didn't let myself have too much time to think about it yesterday, and just did it.
It took me a little over two hours to make, but this includes the thought process of me walking in the door from shopping then deciding this is what I was gonna do, including the time it took to take photos.
Here we go.
The rare blog photo of me modeling the XXXL mans shirt I purchased from Ross Dress for Less (I liked the button snap closure). You might be in luck and could steal an XXXL t-shirt from your man.
|Itty-bitty dress for guide|
|Tank top for guide.|
Then the collar and the top of the shoulders got cut. At first I thought the collar would make good straps, but it wasn't long enough for two straps.
Next I traced the top using my tank top as a guide. Only going down to below the bust.
Not photographed, I cut the sides of the shirt from under the bust, and angled out to the bottom corners of the shirt. Remember to leave seam allowance. I used 1/2".
Like the back of my tank top, I cut the back of the shirt straight across, mid bust.
The center front hemmed as well. I used a contrasting burnt orange thread since the shirt was already accented with this color. (Photos taken after completion, so you'll see straps already attached)
Then up both sides of the dress, no picture.
Straps were made from remaining fabric, 1 1/2" wide x 17", much longer than needed.
|Silly smile. It's hard to smile for a camera on a timer.|
So whatcha think?
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