Step 6: Try it on, and go play.

Make sure all the pins are out. Trim any loose threads, and put it on your kid. They will love it.
Here they are playing Super Hero Girl, and her trusty sidekick Robot Girl.

Both were size Meduim men's shirts. The blue is about a size 6 girls, and the grey is about a 2T/3T.

My first ever completed sewing project! And it was so fun and simple, I turned around and made 2 more after my 3yo went to bed! Wild Thing dress was a Men's 2X and the color block dresses were Women's 2X. Instead of rejiggering to get the too big collars to work, I went with a boat neck rolled collar on 2 of them and used a bit of scrap to fill in the too deep v-neck. <br><br>I've got a few more shirts that I'm excited to try this with and I'm thinking I may attempt a similar method with a button up shirt!
I don't know what I love more, your essay to follow instructions, or the sense of humor mixed in :-) looking forward to giving this a try this weekend with some of hubby's old shirts!
Here's my attempt on my daughter Mia who's 19 months old today and already has a break eye for a dangling thread! Thank you for such a brilliant idea.
That should read hawk eye!
Great directions! The dress came together really quick.
<p>Super easy-to-follow instructions! Thanks!</p>
great idea! Mine turned out great! Didn't have any green gear for my daughter for st. Pattys day and I took a tee I meant to wear last year that I picked up at a second hand for a buck... and created my doll baby a one of a kind dress in no time! Thank you for the great idea! Sorry its a bit blury but you get the idea!
<p>Brillant! Thanks so much. </p>
<p>I love the idea of doing this....and I wish I would have seen this when my little girl was a toddler. Do you think that your instructable would work as beautifully if I took a XL shirt and followed your directions to make it fit my 8 year old string bean? She's as tall as an average 10 year old, but as skinny as a 6 year old. Her dad gave me a bunch of his XL &quot;concert&quot; tees to &quot;do whatever&quot; with, and I would love to repurpose them for her in someway.......</p>
wow i love it so much - way adorable!!!
Have been looking at this for a while now and was like, &quot;just do it, lady!&quot; and I did. I took one of my (ahem) smaller shirts, like a women's S and cut it for my 5T/6 daughter. It is a mini-dress, she wears it with leggings and it looks adorable! Only took about 45 minutes, which part of was dawdling. The sleeves were a bit skinny and had to go and the head hole was a bit small, but it looks great! Such a good idea! Repurposing and fashion unite!
I made this t-shirt dress out of an old t-shirt that I was going to throw away. I know it is a super dark color. She is extremely fair skinned and has hot pink shoes and an electric blue head band (same blue that is in the shirt) to go with it. I made some modifications because I wanted an inside out seam at first but one area I felt didn't look 'perfect' (I am a perfectionist if my daughter is wearing it) so I added a belt and a cute bow with a button. She loves the skirt. She is super petite so I had to redo the neck hole, sleeves and take in the waist a second time because it hung off of her too much. All in all it took me about 2 hours. It was a lot of fun. I cannot wait to make another one!<br> <br> <br>
Here are the pics.
i love it
so impressed, love your ideas and your little girl<br><br>-------<br>www.dresses-shopping.com
Thank you for a great tutorial! I'm going to send your link to my daughter in law, who we just gave a new sewing machine to, for her birthday. Shes new to sewing, but I think this will be a great project for her, that will be easy and help build her sewing confidence! Oh, and I was looking at the t-shirt in Step 2, and thought, Why not use the left over sleeves and body fabric to make a dress for a dolly? You could just sew the two halves together, and finish off the neck and hem?
cute idea. dress for a dolly. or maybe a scrunchie<br>
Wow! Such a good idea!! And great instructions too!
I love this! Thanks so much for posting clear and concise directions :) -I'm a novice at sewing still.
I love this awesome ible!
This has become my go to dress for my daughter. She has about 10 of them with different embellishments, lace, buttons, ruffles, ect. Thank you!
I love this idea! I'm thinking now how I can use this design for adults... thanks for a great instructable!
if you had 2 t-shirts, you could keep one as is, and make a skirt out of the second one, and attatch it. it would work well if the 2nd t-shirt was really big, and a coordinating or same color.
That's what I was thinking. I'll have to try it :)
What a wonderful idea. Thank you! It was fun to make and the result made both me and my little one happy.
wicked cool!
absolutely awesome instructable! i got 5 awesome t-shirts for 25c each at a garage sale, and made this one in 20 minutes...just like everyone else said! it is great as my daughter is tall and slender, and if things fit lengthwise, they don't fit around, and vicea versa. thank you, thank you, thank you for makin' it simple! i've posted this pic on my FB and put a link to your instructable so all my other crafty mommy friends can check it out as well. now on the hunt for good condition Journey or Metallica t-shirts! ;)
Thanks for the instructable! This is the first thing I've sewn in years, it was really easy! <br>
love it!!!
i was just about to donate a bunch of clothes, including a huge # of t's when I came across your Instructable completely by accident. Needless to say, those t's are no longer in the donation box and my Granddaughter is getting a bunch of &quot;new&quot; dresses.<br><br>Thanks for the great (and funny) instructions. As per #1 on your needed items list, I do not have a toddler myself, but I am going to borrow one. :)
Love this I will start making my daughter one Tomorrow morning this is an amazing idea and also great instructions thank you fo sharing: D<br>
This is a wonderful idea. I've been throwing so many old t shirts, not knowing it would make this cutie <a href="http://www.theyellowcottageboutique.com/shop/category.aspx?catid=81">Little Girls Dresses</a> Now i know what to do with them.
Thank you for the wonderful idea. My daughter told me that Santa was brining her doll clothes. I had seen this pattern a week ago and just tweaked it to make a toddler shirt into a doll dress. It only takes about 10 minutes to make the dress from start to finish. The neck is a little big for the 18&quot; dolls, but it looks great on Cabbage Patch Kids. Happy Sewing!
It occurs to me that if you want the dress to be longer, all you need is a second shirt! Use the top part of one t-shirt, and the bottom part of a second t-shirt (in a coordinating color, natch) and you can pretty easily adjust the length of both parts. I have to think about these things because my daughter is TALL. But I can't wait to try this, thanks!
&nbsp;this really is the greatest. &nbsp;i just bought a t-shirt at marshalls for $.50 and whipped this up in 20 minutes. &nbsp;i could have gathered the skirt better, but the shirt was a small and fitted t-shirt and didn't know how much material i had for the skirt. &nbsp;i barely know how to sew and this project was fun, fun, fun. &nbsp;thank you so much. &nbsp;can't wait to make more.
that is really cute. <br /> I&nbsp; &lt;3 Smurfs too!<br />
i love the smurfs too, lol, sorry, completely unrelated comment. these are really cute dresses, and a good idea. i've been looking for a way to do that.
She looks so agonized. :) Awesome instructable! The little sister will soon have a sweet dinosaur dress.
Exxxxxxxxxcellent!&nbsp; where did you get the Instructables logo?
thanks<br /> that's the t-shirt you get if you win a contest. the purple shirt was grey, but i dyed it. <br /> <br />
You are brilliant-I will sit here in awe
awe, thanks. :)&nbsp;&nbsp; (blush)<br /> <br />
Rockin' idea--I was just looking at my too-full t-shirt drawer this morning and shaking my head.....<br /> <br /> I just posted a kid-leggings-out-of-adult-sweater instructable that would really compliment these t-shirt dresses.&nbsp; Very cool, and so much fun to remake unused adult clothes into useful (and cute!)&nbsp;kid clothes.&nbsp; Cheers!<br />
A 20 minute dress!!! I made 3 already!&nbsp; What crazy is I have been looking for dresses like these to buy!&nbsp;&nbsp; THANKS&nbsp;SO&nbsp;MUCH!<br />
&nbsp;This inspired me. &nbsp;I've made three of these in the last day and a half (on top of all the other mom/wife/student duties I normally have).<br /> <br /> Thanks so much!<br />
wicked cute. just in time for st. patty's day. I&nbsp;almost considered turning my &quot;kiss me i'm punk&quot; tshirt into a dress, but i can't part with it. but it would be SO&nbsp;CUTE!<br /> good job!
&nbsp;Thanks, even my teenager thinks they are cute and offered some of his hardly worn &quot;not his style&quot; tees for more. &nbsp;I love how simple this idea is, using existing hems really cuts down on time, I joked that I did one while itunes loaded. &nbsp;But there are a lot of things you could add to personalize one. &nbsp;My girls are all about pockets, using the bits of left over sleeve would make that a snap.<br /> -And yeah, I briefly considered cutting down a few of my own &quot;collection&quot; for dresses, but I am saving up for a t-shirt quilt in the not so distant future, so I gathered all my patience and decided against it.
So I&nbsp;just realized if you have a boy toddler, you can make this into a long sleeved shirt instead of a dress. Just hem the bottom and don't add a skirt.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> (We have twin boys coming in May, so I've been thinking about what I&nbsp;can make them.) <br />
&nbsp;I was also thinking that you could use this same idea to just make a frill at the bottom of the resized t-shirt top, if your girls don't want dresses or like frilly tops. &nbsp;My youngest is going through a pants with pockets phase, and I think I'll try a frilly top next.

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