You Will Need:
A sewing machine
2 XL T-shirts of desired team
2 Elastic bands size 1 in x 1-1/4 Yards
1 Soft tape measure
1 Box of sewing pins
1 Safety Pin
1 Spool of Thread same color as t-shirts
1 Fabric Pencil
1 Pair of Scissors
In this example, there are two different colors of shirts used to distinguish between the bodice and the skirt. The red shirt will be referred to as T-Shirt 1 and the yellow shirt will be referred to as T-Shirt 2.
*Before starting, wash and dry the t-shirts if they are new. This will prevent any shrinkage after the dress is completed.
Next cut the shirts all the way across the top seam of the shoulders, cutting off the crew neckline as well.
Caution : Be sure to keep the fingers of the hand holding the t-shirt flat out of the way while cutting.
Choose which t-shirt you would like as the bodice of the dress and set the other three pieces of the shirts aside for later. In this example the front of T-Shirt 1 will be used to make the bodice.
Then measure 2" from the line at the bottom of the bodice and draw another small line.
Lay the tape measure parallel to both the newly drawn top line and newly drawn bottom line to make a few more small lines straight across the shirt to use as cutting guides.
Then use your scissors to cut all the way across the newly drawn top line and the newly drawn bottom line. This will give you a rectangular shape that will be used for the front of the bodice.
Line the outside edges up and trace along the outside of the bodice. Then cut out the identically sized piece that will now be the back part for the bodice.
Trim the edges so they are straight and the same length.
Now open the bodice and lay it flat on the ground with the graphic facing down. Fold the top edge of the seam over 1” and pin along the entire side. Next, fold the bottom edge up 1" and pin along the entire side.
Caution: Be careful not to poke yourself while using the sewing pins.
Do the same for the bottom seam then set the bodice aside for now.
Pin one longer edge together and sew a 1/4" seam along the side.
Align the top of the skirt with the bottom seam of the bodice.
Pin these two pieces together then flip over so the graphic is facing up and sew a seam over top of the existing seam.
Thread the piece of elastic through the top of the bodice using the safety pin to pull the elastic through. The elastic will give the bodice a scrunching effect.
Do this same process with the other piece of elastic at the bottom of the bodice
Hold the dress around the person who will be wearing it and pin two elastic ends to each other where they will fit comfortably and hold the dress up.
Hem the bottom of the dress if needed.
You may also choose to add some ribbon or any other decorations to your dress to make it uniquely yours. Now you are ready to support your favorite team by sporting your brand new game day dress. Happy tailgating!