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Recycled tank and t-shirt dress inspired by one of the cute ones from the book Twinkle Sews by Wenlan Chia
I love every dress in this book! But at the moment I am of the philosophy if I sew it (like the cute little dress on the left) the warm weather will come and I have had Twinkle Sews: 25 Handmade Fashions from the Runway to Your Wardrobe open to this project since I got the book. I am a big fan of Twinkle since I got her first knitting book.

I like to recycle cloths...as I'm sure if you have read this blog before you know so...off to the stash.
I found a cute light blue tank and a nice soft (from lots of washing) dark gray large t-shirt. One of the things this project in Twinkle Sews: 25 Handmade Fashions from the Runway to Your Wardrobe talks about is mixing up the two fabrics that it's made from. I was using a light cotton and a jersey. The dress in the book if you click on the image to enlarge uses a "nude" fabric for the tank part and a fabric with nice drape for the dress part.

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  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Recycled Tank And T Shirt Dress - Step 1
    Step 1

    Now the book gives you full detailed and intricate wonderful patterns full of really nice details to sew this from new fabric (they are on a disk and you print them out from your computer) but I am just "winging it" 'cause that's how I roll.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Recycled Tank And T Shirt Dress - Step 2
    Step 2

    I cut the sides of the t-shirt down to an "A" line shape.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Recycled Tank And T Shirt Dress - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then I cut the t-shirt straight across the top.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Recycled Tank And T Shirt Dress - Step 4
    Step 4

    This tank was way too wide for me so I put it on and pinned it on the sides to be a snug fit. I then stitched down the sides and trimmed off the excess fabric.
    All that was left to do was a gather stitch across the top edge of the t-shirt (about a half inch from the top edge) and then to stitch the t-shirt to the tank top.

    I will definitely be making more of the projects from this book! Probably the one on the right is next!

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