T Shirt to Dress Refashion Tutorial

Here's what I did:

Cut out Pieces

Cut off the arms and collar.

Now cut under the armpit area to make the dress more A-line

From each sleeve cut out a bodice piece, with the bottom edge on the fold of the sleeve. Now sew along the top edge of each piece.

From the collar cut down the middle to make two straps. Now sew the top and bottom edges of the straps.

Sew together

Turn bottom piece of dress inside out and pin the bodice pieces onto the top edge as shown with the botom edge of the bodice pieces overlapping the top edge of the dress. Sew in place.

With dress still inside out, pin along the edges and sew together.

Add the straps- you will want to try the dress on your child first to make sure you make the straps the correct length. Sew in place.

The dress is pretty much done at this point!

I added some flowers and a little zigzag to my dress to cover up those stains! To make flowers I kinda just scrunched up some leftover fabric from a previous project and sew it down in a spiral shape to make sure the whole flower was on. And I zigzaged a piece of fabric and sewed down the middle for the zigzag.

I also added belt with a tie in the back... which is just a long strip of red fabric that I cut out and sewed on, leaving two tails of fabric at the middle back to tie into a bow.

And a ruffle at the bottom..which is just a piece of red fabric folded at the top to give a double ruffle (the fold is pinned to the bottom of the dress, and the ruffle was sewn on).

And I also added some pieces to the top of the bodice to fill in some gaps.

How you decorate your dress is completely up to you! :)



  1. This is a brilliant tutorial ma sha Allah! I don't know if I have the courage to try it out just yet though :) !

  2. Thanks :)! when I did my first refashion I was totally scared to cut into the fabric too, but it's pretty simple and addicting once you get used to it :D

  3. Great dress, so simple and SO beautiful. I love it :)

  4. Found you through Wardrobe Refashion. Very cute dress! I have just started working with t-shirts and am loving it. Thanks for the great idea.

  5. Oh, this is very pretty - what a great refashion!!

  6. That is so pretty! I love the different colors

  7. I'm impressed. The photos look as though you didn't turn under I correct or did I misunderstand? If so, that would save a lot of time, providing it doesn't unravel. Also, the red fabric, was it the same type of material the shirt was made from or something different? Thank you!

  8. Thanks everyone for coming by my blog and for all your lovely comments :D!!

    @ A. H.: Thank you! yeah t-shirt knit material doesn't unravel :D. And yeah the red fabric was also a jersey knit which I used to make a hoodie set for my daughter here:
    It sure does save a lot of time, the easiest material to refashion!

  9. This is so, so cute! I love knit projects. The belt and flowers are just darling. I'll be linking to this.

  10. It's a WONDERFULL transformation!!!

  11. This is so adorable! If I was a better seamstress I would make my daughter a dozen of these. She is in a phase were she will only wear dresses!

  12. I really love the new dress. So cute. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I totally think this is awesome, I do this with my old clothing too!

  14. WOWWW! Great job! I love it :-)

  15. Oh, and I need to say - I LOVE you new blog look!

  16. oh how I love this! I LOVE making dresses from old tshirts- I definitely will have to try this out. :)
    we have a friday fun finds party- if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link up. :)

  17. Thanks everyone for the comments, I totally appreciate it :D!

  18. Thanks so much for linking this! I remember seeing it earlier via One Pretty Thing. I'll definitely be featuring it when I get another feature post up, although it will probably be a week or so.



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