As a stereotypical female, I know the feel of opening an overflowing closet and deciding, “there’s nothing to wear…” And when it comes to choosing things to donate or throw away, this video is the story of my life. So when digging through the closet once again, I decide that this time I would actually use some of my old clothes for a DIY project. Summer’s on, but I don’t have many “casual” dresses for school or every day wear. And so, this happened. I might cut out the neck though, the closed neck looks a bit stuffy. This will be the first sewing blog here on Val Crafts.
Now let’s proceed to turn two dumpy looking T-shirts, into a cute dress/shrug combo!
Fray preventing sealant (optional, if you don’t feel like hemming)
Bodice of the dress
Choose which t-shirt you want for the top of your dress. Flip it inside out, and put it on. (I chose the V-neck shirt)
Making the shirt more fitted:
I wanted the shirt to be more fitted, so I took in the sides just a little bit. Try not to take in too much, otherwise it will be too tight to put on. Your best bet would be to pinch at the side seams. Press the joint of your thumb at the seam, and make a mark at the tip. Draw a line from here to about where your bust begins.
Flip the shirt in half and copy the markings on the other side.
Sew along the lines you’ve created. Sew loosely so that you can rip out the seams if you make a mistake.
Put on the shirt again. If you’re happy with the fit, trim off the excess. Yes, it will be bulky on top! We’re going to take care of that next.
Fitting the sleeves.
Let’s make this a sleeveless dress. While still wearing the shirt inside out, mark on your shoulders where you want the armhole to be. Cut off the sleeves in a curve toward the “underarm” seam. (Where the sleeve and side of the shirt connect.) Try to follow the existent sleeve seam, and snip exactly under the underarm seam. Hem the sleeves.
Make adjustments to the sides as necessary. I pinched the corners closed to create a new armpit seam, and sewed it down.
I left my bodice with the neck intact. If you want a more summery look, cut out the neck . Hem or use anti-fray gel to keep it looking neat.
Attaching the skirt
This will be much easier. While wearing your new bodice, place the second T-shirt against the bottom of the bodice, as though creating a skirt. Adjust it until the skirt is as long as you’d like it to be. I made mine a bit longer so I could wear it with or without leggings.
First, cut the shirt horizontally, leaving about an inch (2.5 cm) below the sleeves:
Attach the skirt as follows:
1. Make sure the bodice is inside out, and the skirt is right side out.
2. Turn the skirt upside down and put the bodice into it.
3. Find the side seams of the shirts. Align and pin them together. Do the same for the other seams
4. Hold the pinned seams together and fold the shirts in half again. Pin these new edges together to attach the skirt.
5. Repeat the process around. You should have a total of 8 pins.
6. Sew along the natural seam at the bottom of the shirts. If you get to a loose, unpinned portion, pinch and flatten them as you sew.
*If you’re having trouble attaching the skirt, refer to this pleated skirt tutorial.
Now, flip everything right side out, and something resembling a dress of sorts should magically appear.
Now you’re probably wondering, “but what will I do with the leftover shirt?” Easy – make a shrug to match! Cut down the middle of the remaining shirt, and voila~
Here is the finished project:
And there you have it, I’ve given you a new outfit idea and saved you a hanger. And now, you have an outfit for just hanging out and playing video games (or “vidya gaims” as we call it) with your friends. I now have an idea for Oreo Day! 🙂 What’s Oreo Day? Well, you’ll have to wait and find out. 🙂
Questions? Concerns? Suggestions for improvement? Comment below!
Pika, so happy~