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diy double t shirt dress

July 27, 2011

[dress: DIY, shoes: Ash]

This Double T Shirt dress is a great project for anyone new to sewing. It allows you to create a dress without using a pattern. This dress is constructed using 2 men’s T shirts which are sewn together at the neck.

Supplies:
  • 2 identical cotton T shirts (I used Hanes white undershirts, size Large. I dyed them blue before making the dress) Men’s size large T’s will make a XS/S dress. If you wear a larger size, buy larger T shirts)
  • 4 1/2 length of braided elastic that is 3/8 wide
[Step 1: Cut off the neck band on both T shirts]
[Step 2: Create the pockets. Sew the arm holes closed on the right side of one of the shirts. Stitch a line approximately 1/2 inch above the arm bands]
[Step 3: Cut off the arm bands- I found that the pockets lay better without the added thickness. Don’t cut too close to the stitches. Leave about 1/4 inch. This T shirt will be the skirt part of the dress]
[Step 4: Turn both shirts inside out and then sew them together at the neck]
[Step 5: I sewed a small piece of elastic on the front waistband to give the dress a better fit. At this point the front and back of the dress are the same. Just choose a side to be the front. Mark the middle with a pin. Measure 4 1/2 inches on both sides of the pin and mark those off spots off. This is where the elastic gets sewn]
[Here is the sewn on elastic. Make sure you stretch the elastic while sewing it. It creates a nice, gathered look in between the pockets]
[Final step: Turn the dress right side out, put it on and tuck the pockets in]
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