Turn a T-shirt into an Argyle dropped waist dress with a sewing machine, fabric and a bit of ribbon
This is for http://30daysofcreativity.com/ and the theme was "Argyle" so I decided to turn a toddler t-shirt into a dress for http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com/howyoucanhelp.htm, which is a non-profit organization that accepts donations of homemade dresses for little girls around the world who don't have one.
As I had only seen Argyle in solid colors before I decided to try with print fabric and stitching instead and attached a skirt in coordinating fabric, putting a decorative black stitch at the hem. It was simple and fun to make.
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I cut out 3 diamond shapes then ironed on Heat N Bond then ironed the shapes on the t-shirt about an half an inch apart - if you don't have Heat N Bond you could pin the pieces to the t-shirt.
I used a zigzag stitch in a coordinating color (pink) and stitched around the edges to secure them to the t-shirt.
For the skirt, I used 10 inches of fabric(fabric is 45 inches wide)and and put a half in hem at the bottom and used decorative stitch on top in contrasting thread.
I then ran a gathering stitch at the top, sewed a seam in the back, then pinned right sides together with the seam and the center of the back of the t-shirt and pinned around the t-shirt then stitched together.
I used 2 yds of 1 inch wide ribbon, fold it in half and zigzag the ribbon to the right side. I then stitched down at the bottom all the way around except I where the bow is to be tied.
I tied the bow then ran a decorative stitch at the ends of the ribbon at an angle where I wanted to cut them then cut off the ends.