T-Shirt Dress

For a funky change of style, You take three T-shirts in a crazy mix of colour and pattern and puts them together to make this cool dress. Easy to make and amazingly comfortable to wear – the dress can be scrunched up and belted or it can hang straight. Either way, you’ll feel ‘dressed up.”


  • 3 T-shirts which are extra long, comfortable fit, medium weight
  • We’ve used one in avocado and two in pink strawberry
  • Ruler
  • Masking tape 2.54 cm (1”) wide
  • Marking pencil
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Matching thread

Steps to sew

1. Lay one of the pink T-shirts on a hard work surface, front side facing up and bottom edges aligned.

Stretch and press a length of masking tape across the bodice just under the neckband.

Stretch and press two parallel lengths of tape vertically at the ends of the horizontal piece. Cut along the outside edge of the tape through both layers of fabric to make two skirt panels. Repeat on the second pink T-shirt.

2. Trim off the seam allowance at each side of both sets of skirts panels.

3. To make the skirt front, layer two of the panels together right sides facing and raw edges even. Pin one side along the edge. Repeat to pin the second set of skirt panels.

4. Machine-stitch one set of panels together 13 mm (1/2”) from the raw edge. Repeat to sew the second set of panels together.

5. To make the skirt, lay the two sets of panels together, right sides together and raw edges even. Pin the sections to each other at the sides.

6. Sew the sections together at 13 mm (1/2”) from the edges.

7. On the green T-shirt mark the centre of the front and the back at the hemmed edge using a pencil. Slip the shirt over the skirt, right sides together and pin the sections together along the T-shirt hem, matching the seams and the centre marks.

HANDY HINT: try on the dress while it is pinned to customize the fit to your body shape. Many T-shirts are big and boxy and you may wish to narrow the shirt bodice at the sides before attaching to the skirt section for a slimmer fit!

8. Slip the dress on the arm of the sewing machine with the bodice section facing up. Sew the hem of the T-shirt through the two layers, removing pins as you work.

For fun, cut the hem at an angle so that the skirt hangs lower
at one side than the other!

You’re simply never too old to play dress, so kick up your heels!

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2 Responses to T-Shirt Dress

  1. Rhonda says:

    Excellent idea for a birthday gift or a neat and fast project at a quilting retreat.

  2. Krista says:

    This is so cool! I used up all my old t-shirts in a different craft project a while ago, but I will keep this in mind for when I amass some more!

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