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The best thing about dresses is that you can easily make one from almost any shirt. By now I think it's pretty obvious that I love repurposing old clothes, & this dress is just that. I used a thrifted shirt that's bigger than my usual size, and some floral jersey fabric (which I'll talk more about in a bit)

It's so so so easy to make. Perfect for beginner level seamstresses, & doesn't need crazy cutting & measuring. As long as you know some basic sewing, my general run through should be enough to guide you.

 
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Step 1: Supplies

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Supplies:

- Thrifted tank top, loose fitting. Mine was about $5.
- Jersey knit fabric of your choice. I started with 2 yards & had a ton leftover. *
- Coordinating thread. I used maroon thread + a shiny rayon mustard yellow thread.
- Sewing machine
- Scissors, pins, tailor's chalk

*I used a special kind of jersey knit fabric, called ITY knit (interlocking twist yarn). It stretches like a normal jersey t-shirt but has an amazing, high quality & smooth feel to it. You can even use the fabric from an old oversized shirt - I'm sure you can find some crazy printed jersey t-shirts at the thrift store - and don't forget to look in the mens' and maternity section. As long as it's big enough to give you enough fabric, then go for it.

Step 2: Measuring

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I tried on the top & marked the spot where I wanted the bottom half to start. I decided to make it high waisted but that's totally up to you!


The measurements of my huge rectangle of jersey was 60 inches wide & 31 inches long. This will obviously be different depending on your top/preferences, but the next step explains how I determined this.
funcuddly21 month ago

woah you are good

Your pins are cute. LOL
jguillen43 years ago
very beautiful. Thank you so much for this.
Liger3 years ago
AWESOME! Love it so much! Thanks A LOT! def gonna make dis!
uptight3 years ago
Dressed very nice on you. congratz!
This is freaking adorable :) i love it! Awesome job :D
Thanks girl! <3