June 3, 2012


If a basic T shirt is a must have for any wardrobe, then a basic T shirt dress is a must have for Summer.

This simple DIY tutorial will show you how to turn a basic t shirt into a cute Summer dress.T Shirt Dress DIY


To see step by step instructions and photos click here.

What youll need to make your T Shirt Dress DIY:

  1. 1 T Shirt in your size (try to find one thats a little long, I found mine at Old Navy)
  2. 1 T Shirt at least 2 sizes larger
  3. Scissors
  4. Tape measure
  5. Pins
  6. Sewing machine

Supplies For Your T Shirt Dress DIY
Step 1
Take your larger T shirt and lay it flat on a table, measure how long you want your skirt to be, mark it and cut your shirt straight across.
Since the T shirt that I used for the body of my dress was a bit long I only needed to make my skirt 9 inches and I was able to cut a 2nd strip the same length to add more gathers to the skirt.How to Make A T Shirt Dress

Step 2
Cut open the side seams on both strips that you will be using for your skirt.DIY Tutorial for T Shirt Dress

Step 3
Pin and sew a hem in your 2nd strip of fabric that you will be using for your skirt, use the existing hem for as much of your skirt as you can.
Sew your strips together.DIY Fashion T Shirt Dress

Step 4
Sew 2 parallel stitch lines along the cut edge of your skirt. Use a big stitch so they will be easy to gather.
Pull the bobbin threads and gather your skirt.T Shirt Dress TutorialT Shirt Dress How to

Step 5
Lay out your top T shirt flat on a table and place your skirt (inside out and upside down) on top. Very carefully adjust your gathers so they are even all the way around and pin.
Sew your skirt to your T shirt. I recommend using a stretch stitch on your machine if you have one, otherwise use a very small stitch.T Shirt Dress DIY TutorialT Shirt Dress Fashion DIY Tutorial

As the weather heats up its so nice to just throw on a comfortable dress, some cute shoes, your favorite jewelry and youre out the door. One of the best things about wearing a dress is how effortlessly they can make you look pulled together, even on a hot day. This is such a simple DIY project, but you still have a lot of room to get creative.
Tell me how yours turn out, I love hearing from you.