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make a dress on the cheap
You will need a womens fitted t-shirt that will fit you daughter fairly well, I used a small. You will also need a 1/2 yard of fabric that will go with the color of the shirt you picked out. My T-shirt came from the 99 cent store. The fabric came from my stash.

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  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 1
    Step 1

    The other day, on one of my very frequent trips to the 99 cents store, I spied a bin full of clothing there. Not being one to turn down a deal, I thought I'd stop and take a look and found a bunch of t-shirts. One them was the one I used for this craft, a black fitted tee, size small. I went home and rummaged through my fabric stash to see what kind of craftiness I could apply to this poor, boring shirt.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 2
    Step 2

    turn the shirt inside out and cut the sleeves off following the seams.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then I cut off the top back part of the shirt, starting at the shoulder seams, then across the back. Then I turned it down about 1/2 inch and pressed it in place. You can adjust this to make it lower or higher.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 4
    Step 4

    I set the shirt aside and started on the fabric. Using the shirt hem as a guideline I stretched it as far as I could and lined the fabric up with it. Then I cut off the excess fabric. Set aside extra fabric, for use later. If you have no extra fabric, skip this step. I cut the entire 1/2 yard in half long ways and pinned up 1/4 inch for a hem, pinned and pressed in place.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Stitch in place using a finishing stitch. If you ave a fancy, computerized sewing machine, just pick one of those wide stitches. If you have a regular sewing machine, just use a zigzag stitch.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 6
    Step 6

    You want the edge to look like this.
    Then match together sides and sew together so you are left with a big loop.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 7
    Step 7

    On the opposite end of the hem, use straight stitch and make the stitches as long as your machine will allow. Then pull the bottom thread so that the fabric starts to gather.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 8
    Step 8

    Pin shirt hem to gathered edge of fabric. You want to make sure you are pinning them both right side out. This is important because you are actually going to use the shirt hem to sew as a guide line. If you need to, pin shirt and skirt together inside out first, then flip right side out and re pin. Make sure you take all of the pins out of the underside. Then sew, using the hem as a guide line. I actually stitched right on top of the bottom hem of the shirt using black thread. Stitch slowly on the line careful to avoid pins.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 9
    Step 9

    Ta Da! It almost looks like something. But it isn't anything yet, because it desperately needs straps to be functional.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 10
    Step 10

    On the edges of the shirt that used to be armholes, I used a finishing stitch to run along the edge of the shirt. I just chose a stitch that looked as close to the manufacturer's stitch as possible. Or you could just use a zigzag stitch and run along the edge of the armhole, sewing over the folded hem, and a little past it. Do this on both sides

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 11
    Step 11

    Turn and stitch across back folded down hem. I feel that it is better to use the same color or as close to possible as the fabric you are sewing, because it hides mistakes, which is very helpful if you have been drinking and sewing. After the back hem is stitched feel free to cut excess material if desired. At this point you are pretty much done, all you need is straps.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 12
    Step 12

    This is the excess fabric I had left over from the skirt, I actually ended up with 2 pieces this size. If you do not have any feel free to use what ever excess shirt material you may have, or scrap that idea and use ribbon or contrasting fabric.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 13
    Step 13

    Cut in half lengthwise. Then fold each strap together lengthwise again, so they are inside out.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 14
    Step 14

    Stitch along the edge leaving ends open.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 15
    Step 15

    Turn right side out, center the seams and press.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 16
    Step 16

    Tuck in ends.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 17
    Step 17

    Tuck top part of sleeves in as neatly as possible. Make sure the seam will be facing on the inside of the top. Pin in place, then sew.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 18
    Step 18

    Here's what the straps look like. At this point you will want to try your dress on your model to figure out where the straps will sit and to figure out if any other alterations need to be made.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 19
    Step 19

    put on the dress and then pin the straps in place with safety pins

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 20
    Step 20

    Sew in place.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 21
    Step 21

    Using the last of my Hello Kitty fabric, I cut two rectangles, turned them inside out and sewed them together on all four sides.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 22
    Step 22

    Pull apart in the center making a little pillow.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 23
    Step 23

    Snip a little hole in the center of one side, then turn the fabric right side out.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 24
    Step 24

    Pinch together using a little accordion fold.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 25
    Step 25

    Use fabric to hold center of bow. I wanted contrast so I used a piece of the t-shirt.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 26
    Step 26

    Pin and hand stitch straight through the bow and the center piece of fabric.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 27
    Step 27

    Either attach with a safety pin, sewing the safety pin into the fabric. Or hand stitch the bow on your dress. I decided to hand sew it.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. Tutorial: 99 Cent Store T Shirt + 1/2 Yard Of Fabric = Dress  - Step 28
    Step 28

    Yay! All Done!
    Time for a photo shoot!

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Dead4CEREALZ
Dead4CEREALZ · Littlestown, Pennsylvania, US · 55 projects
This is so cute I want to make a grown up version for myself xD
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