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T-shirt to toddler dress…in 30 minutes!

May 23, 2012

I finally had a chance to do my first post partum sewing project: a toddler dress made from an XL t-shirt I bought on clearance at Old Navy (gotta love those sales!  The t-shirt cost <$4!)

I started off with one plan…and thanks to my lack of planning, I ended up with something different.  But I still like it!

I wanted to make a 2 piece dress – one front piece and on back, with a shirred center to give it shape.  However, when I cut out my design, I realized I folded the fabric in the wrong place, and made it WAY to skinny on top.  So there was no way the top of the dress would have fit even my skinny minny!  So I made the “top” of the dress the waist, and spent about 30 minutes trying to figure out how to salvage a top from what I had left of the fabric.  Then I realized the sleeves were my biggest pieces left.  Sooooo…I used the sleeves to make the top!  You can’t really tell in the pictures but I used the existing hem of the sleeve and let that show on the outside of the dress.  I just attached it to the bottom pieces that I cut out.

When I cut the top of the dress, I cut straps and just used them to tie the top of the dress closed.  This way it is easier to get on and off without actually making a button or zipped opening.

And as you may be able to see, I didn’t finish the edges.  Since it is knit, it won’t fray.  It is curling a little at the edges, but I like the raw look!  Not to mention, the actual sewing time took all of about 15 minutes!  It was awesome!

And, the dress is GREAT for dancing:

jumping…

spinning…

running…

and plain ol’ being silly!

…and being cute…




and going to school!

Have any upcycled projects you have done lately?
If you have been wanting to but hesitating, just wing it!   You never know how it will turn out, but you will most likely learn something!
3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2012 10:29 AM

    So cute! 🙂

    • May 23, 2012 11:50 AM

      thanks – its not the sturdiest, but that’s ok when it takes only 30 minutes =)

  2. Courtney permalink
    May 23, 2012 3:40 PM

    Love it! Great job! I admire those that can sew

    I also sent you another comment about your glider chair that you redid! I had some questions for you. Feel free to email me directly too. Thanks!

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