Back Issue__ Double Trouble: Two Tone T-shirt Dress

March 08, 2010 | By

This is an easy way to get some good use from old t-shirts. What you'll need:

  • Two t-shirts
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or marking device
  • Thread and needle (or sewing machine)
  • Elastic (optional)

1. Select two basic fitting t-shirts (preferably boxy and 100% cotton). Decide which one you would like as the bottom and which one you would like as the top.

2. Lay out the t-shirt selected for the bottom "skirt" part of the dress and cut from one arm pit to the other. This will create a tube.

3. Take the t-shirt selected for the top portion and put it on.

4. Slip the tube (the  bottom "skirt" part) on, with the hem at the bottom, and decide where you want the waist to be. Make sure you leave a little extra room for a seam (about an inch) and make sure where you've chose your waist doesn't make the dress too short.

5.  Mark decided upon waist with a pencil.

6. Once you're top part is marked (including seam allowances) chop off the bottom of the shirt to create the top portion of the dress.

7. Turn both pieces inside out and line up the cut edges so that they are facing one another and begin stitching with a thread and sewing needle or with the help of a sewing machine.

8. If you have a sewing machine you can sew in an elastic to create a gathered waist. If not, you can always use a belt to cinch and accentuate the waist.

Have fun with this easy and creative DIY t-shirt dress. Once its been worn you can continue to adjust the style by experimenting with the sleeves and neck!

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