See the dress I'm wearing in this photo? I made it. Surprised? You shouldn't be. It was super easy to do and cost me nary a dime...okay, a bit more than that.It cost me a dollar. I'm lying if I'm dying...wait, switch that, reverse it.
Sidebar: Brandon's best friend, Anthony, has a huge family who pretty much took Brandon as their own. They're a lovely, close-knit family and Rene, Tony's grandmother, gave me loads of her fabric when she was simplifying her extensive stash.
I love the dress. It's so carefree, both for wearing and for caring for it. Wash and wear, baby! That's the ticket! No, it's not at all high fashion, but I have long since learned to wear what I like and not what some celebrity, fashion model or designer tells me I should wear. Ah, well, that's just me!
Want to know how I made it?
1. The t-shirt was a child's size so the neckline was a bit too tight for me. So the first thing I did was cut it out. I just made a u-cut, both back and front, and there was my scoop neck.
2. The next thing I did was figure where I wanted the waist line to be. I measured where I wanted it and added an inch for the seam allowance.I then trimmed a few inches off the shirt.
3. The skirt was twice as wide as the bottom hem of the shirt because I wanted a full, flirty skirt. I measured how long I wanted the skirt, just about knee length, and trimmed the fabric to that length plus an inch for the seam allowance.
4.I sewed the back seam of the skirt leaving a few inches at the top for gathering.
5. I then folded the hem at the bottom of the skirt about a half inch twice and then sewed it. Easy hem.
6. I sewed two lines of basting stitches at the top of the skirt for gathering. To gather the skirt, I gently pulled the bobbin threads until the skirt was the size of the bottom of the shirt.
7. Once they matched, I finished sewing the back seam to the top of the skirt. I then pinned the shirt to the skirt and then sewed them together.
8. The only thing that gave me trouble, was the trim I added to the neckline. I had never done it before so I was a bit unsure. Took me a few tries to get just right, but that's the only way you learn, by doing!
And there's my first t-shirt dress. Since I bought a t-shirt in every color they had--I think it was eight of them in total-- I plan on making a whole fleet of t-shirt dresses, all for about a dollar. You have no idea how much fabric I have stashed away, most of it given to me for free, just because I was willing to take it! So, you see, all of my t-shirt dressed will cost me but a buck. Told ya I was frugal!