Introduction: Summer Stylish Dress Using a T-shirt for the Pattern

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I've been blessed to have my son and daughter in law visiting me this week.  My daughter-in-law, being quite the girly girl and fashionably sensitive, was wearing a very adorable designer t-shirt she bought.  After looking at the simplicity of the design I decided to make her a dress using this shirt as the pattern.  This dress turned out incredibly cute and surprisingly easy to make.  I have never really enjoyed sewing with knits but I must say that after making this dress I have a new appreciation for making clothes with these kinds of fabrics.  It makes sewing a dream!  

Step 1: Supplies

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1 1/2 Yards knit fabric
Favorite t-shirt for the pattern
Matching thread
Yard stick
Sewing machine
Sewing pins

Step 2: Cut Out the Shirt

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Cut out the front and back pieces of the shirt.

Step 3: Cut Out the Bottom Section of the Dress

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Cut 2 pieces 13 X 17 inches this will be the dress bottom.

Step 4: Pinning the Dress Bottom

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With right sides together pin one dress bottom to the shirt  front. 
With right sides together pin the remaining dress bottom to the shirt back.

Step 5: Sew the Dress Bottom

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Sew the dress bottom to the shirt front.
Sew the dress bottom to the shirt back.
Pin the dress front to the dress back as shown.

Step 6: Sew the Dress

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Sew the dress front to the dress back at the sides and shoulders.

Step 7: Neck, Sleeve, and Hem

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Pin the hem in,  for the neck, sleeve, and bottom using 1/4 inch double hem.
Sew the neck, sleeves, and bottom hem.
Turn right side out.

Step 8: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

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I will be looking for more opportunities to create new clothes using knits and designer shirts for patterns.  We had an incredible experience creating this stylish dress and I am eager to surprise her with another before she leaves.

In closing I would like to thank  our instructables company, sponsors,  authors, readers, and members, for making this community a great success!  Many hours of time and hard work has been put into making this place the best DIY on the Internet. Have a splendorous day!   


Maami (author)2016-03-13

Its nice!

sunshiine (author)Maami2016-03-14

Thanks for taking a look and do have a nice week~

Rural African (author)2013-08-05

love it

nachnuch (author)2013-07-13

Very nice:))

snoopylove (author)2012-08-09

This is super cute and looks fairly easy! Thanks for posting! I love to sew and will make one of these!

sunshiine (author)snoopylove2012-08-09

Thank you for commenting! It was very easy thanks! Have a splendorous day!

pecospearl (author)2012-07-02

Lucky girl to have a mom like you!

sunshiine (author)pecospearl2012-07-02

Yeah and I am lucky to have her too! Can't wait til you meet her. Thanks for commenting and have a pecospearl kind of day!

theeoddname (author)2012-07-01


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SelkeyMoonbeam (author)2012-06-27

Beautiful! You should enter this in the T-shirt Challenge!

sunshiine (author)SelkeyMoonbeam2012-06-27

Thanks for letting me know. I will try and make a photo instructable. Have a splendorous day!

SelkeyMoonbeam (author)sunshiine2012-06-28

It opened up to all types of instructables, so it's even easier than that :)

sunshiine (author)SelkeyMoonbeam2012-06-28


bajablue (author)2012-06-27

Gorgeous work!!!

sunshiine (author)bajablue2012-06-27

Thanks bajablue! We had such great fun making this dress. I am enjoying my kids. Have a bajablue kind of a day!

canucksgirl (author)2012-06-27

Wow sunshiine! That came out great. It looks gorgeous on her. ;-)

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-06-27

Thanks! She owns the store LOL but does not want to reveal her secret where she bought the shirt. That store has so many clothes that look fabulous on her! Thanks for commenting! Have a great day!

jessyratfink (author)2012-06-27

Very very pretty!

sunshiine (author)jessyratfink2012-06-27

Thanks Jessy! It was so easy and fun to make. Have a great afternoon!

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