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Transform a mans T-shirt into a classical tunic dress.
This can look smart in a plain, dark colour or boisterous and playful with a colourful printed T-shirt.

Posted by Rosie M. from United Kingdom • Published See Rosie M.'s 4 projects »
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  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Diy Couture Tshirt Dress - Step 1
    Step 1

    Find a T-shirt that is long enough to be a dress. Try your T-shirt on inside out. Make a mark where you want your dress to cling to your body. This could be at your waist or under your bust. Take the T-shirt off. Draw a horizontal line with chalk all the way around it at the level you made the mark.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Diy Couture Tshirt Dress - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut a piece of elastic the same length as the distance around your waist (or under your bust).

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Diy Couture Tshirt Dress - Step 3
    Step 3

    Mark the middle point of this elastic by folding it in half and putting in a pin at the fold.

    Position your elastic over the line you marked on your T-shirt. Put the sewing machine foot - and needle - down on top of them. With your right hand, gently pull the elastic towards you so the pin reaches the side seam of your T-shirt. This ensures you sew exactly half of your elastic onto each side of your t-shirt, so your folds will fall evenly.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Diy Couture Tshirt Dress - Step 4
    Step 4

    Begin sewing slowly with straight stitch onto your elastic. As you sew, check that you are attaching your elastic to the line you marked with chalk.

    Continue sewing your elastic to the line until you come back to the place you started. Trim your elastic.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Diy Couture Tshirt Dress - Step 5
    Step 5

    If you like, you can trim the neck of your dress to make a deeper, more elegant, neckline.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Diy Couture Tshirt Dress - Step 6
    Step 6

    You can leave this edge ‘raw,’ as T-shirt fabric will not come unravelled, or you can use bias binding to create a professional decorative finish. Bias binding is like ribbon made of a stiffish fabric. The strip of fabric is cut ‘on the bias’, which means the fibres run diagonally through it, instead of vertically and horizontally. This gives it flexibility to bend.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Diy Couture Tshirt Dress - Step 7
    Step 7

    You need a piece of bias binding that is slightly longer than the full distance around the neck line. Fold the bias binding in half between your thumb and two fingers, and poisition so that it encases the edge of your fabric. Sew it down with straight stitch, catching both the front and back of your bias binding, with your fabric sandwiched in between.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Diy Couture Tshirt Dress - Step 8
    Step 8

    Bias binding is available in all sorts of colours. You can trim the sleeves of your T-shirt and finish the edges in a different colour bias binding.

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sonu m.
sonu m.

awesome

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Gabrielle T.
Gabrielle T.

A helpful hint is to pull the elastic as much as it will stretch while sewing. Even though I was pulling, half of my dress was scrunched in the middle and the other half was kind of blah, haha. I have to remove the stitches and do it again. Awesome project though! I can't wait to do it right this time : ]

Also, I'm pretty tall, so I cut the bottom of another colored tee and sewed it to the bottom of my main t-shirt to add a little length. Just a suggestion for the tall girls!

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Mia S.
Mia S. · 1 project

Very cute!

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Smile (:
Smile (: · 1 project

The grey one is my favourite!

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Christine F.
Christine F. · San Francisco, California

This is the clearest, easiest to follow, and best written tutorial i've read on this site ever! And I've gone through A LOT of the projects here. Thank you for putting this how-to up and I can't wait to see more!

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Christine F.
Christine F. · San Francisco, California

This is the clearest, easiest to follow, and best written tutorial i've read on this site ever! And I've gone through A LOT of the projects here. Thank you for putting this how-to up and I can't wait to see more!

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Kim F.
Kim F. · 1 project

hey! those collourd stipes on it.. was that already on the tshirt, or did you made it by yourself on it?

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Miss Marionette
Miss Marionette · , California, United States · 2 projects

I saw a girl wearing a t-shirt dress the other day, it made me want one. That's for sharing.

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Adrian Lee
Adrian Lee · Rapid City, South Dakota, United States · 8 projects

This is awesome! I'm going to have to try it!

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Krafty Kitty Kat >'.'<
Krafty Kitty Kat >'.'< · Blackburn, Lancashire, United Kingdom · 11 projects

this is such a cute idea!

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