This make the dress easy to get into and allow for different sizes. From a sewing girl. Next, cut the front part of the collar into a V-neck or scoop-neck.
Sew right across the seam. Keep the elastic pulled taut. Overlap the elastic when you reach the end. Continue sewing across the back of the shirt. Sew back and forth across the two ends a few times. Snip off the excess elastic. Knot the loose threads, then trim them down. Discard any leftover elastic. Consider modifying the collar. This is not really necessary, but it will give your dress a nicer look. Cut the ribbed collar off first. Next, cut the front part of the collar into a V-neck or scoop-neck.
T-shirt material does not fray, but you can bind the raw edges off with bias tape or jersey fabric, if you'd like. Turn your dress right side out. Your dress is now ready to wear! For a cutter look, wear a wide belt over it to hide the waist seam. Find a fitted shirt and a large, baggy shirt.
The baggy shirt will eventually turn into your dress. Make sure that it is at least mid-thigh or longer, or it will be too short.
Men's large shirts work especially well for this. Fold both shirts in half lengthwise. Turn the larger shirt inside out first. Next, fold both shirts in half lengthwise. If you want your new dress to be sleeveless, tuck the sleeves of the fitted shirt inside so that they are out of the way. Place the fitted shirt on top of the large shirt. Make sure that both of the long, folded edges are aligned. The shoulders and collars of both shirts should match up. This extra space will be your seam allowance.
Stop when you get to the bottom of the fitted shirt. Do not draw across the bottom hem. Use a dress maker's pen of light colored fabrics and a dress maker's chalk for dark. Extend the line to the bottom corner of the large shirt. Place a long ruler or straight edge on top of your large shirt. Angle it so that it connects with the bottom corner of the fitted shirt and the bottom corner of the large shirt.
Draw along that line, then remove the ruler. Cut along the lines that you drew. Take the fitted shirt off first and put it away. Use a pair of fabric scissors to cut along the lines that you drew.
Be sure to cut through all four layers of fabric. Unfold the shirt and pin the edges. Keep the right sides facing in as you pin along the two side edges. Do not pin along the armholes or sleeve ends. Sew the side seams. If you added sleeves, be sure to sew along the top and bottom edges of the sleeves, but not the openings. Hem the dress, if desired. T-shirt fabric does not fray, but this will give your dress a more professional finish.
You can also hem the sleeves or armholes in a similar fashion. Most baggy T-shirts have a boring collar. Step things up by cutting the collar off first. Next, trim the front of the collar down into a V-neck or a scoop-neck. Turn the dress right side out. It is now ready to wear! If the dress flares out too much for your liking, turn it inside out and sew the bottom edges narrower so that they don't angle as much. Choose your shirt and skirt material.
This style of dress has a bodice and a gathered skirt. Choose a fitted T-shirt that fits you well without stretching too much.
Next, choose a material for the skirt. You can use matching cotton fabric, jersey fabric, or a large, baggy T-shirt.
The colors and patterns can match, or they can be different. For an interesting look, try a solid-colored shirt with pattered cotton for the skirt. Make a mark on the shirt where you want the bodice to end.
Turn your shirt inside out and put it on. Decide where you want the bodice part of the dress to end and the skirt to begin. This is typically just below the bust or right at the waist. Make a mark using a pin or a dress maker's chalk or pen. Pull the shirt off when you are done. Use chalk for dark colored fabric and pen for light colored fabric.
If you need to, use a ruler and a dress maker's chalk or pen to draw a line across your shirt. This will be your seam allowance. Decide how long you want the skirt to be. Use a measuring tape to measure down from where you want the bodice to end and the skirt to begin. The skirt part can be as long or as short as you'd like. The wider the fabric is, the fuller the skirt will be! Sew the side edges to make a tube. Fold the skirt material in half with the right sides facing in.
It should still be the same length you want it to be. If you are using stretchy fabric for the skirt, use a narrow zigzag stitch instead. Sew two rows of basting stitches across the top of your fabric. In fact, a contrasting color will help you find them later on. Pull on the bobbin threads to gather them. The bobbin threads will be on the back side of your fabric. Make sure that you are pulling on both threads at the same time.
This will keep your gathering more even. Stop pulling when the top of the skirt is the same width as the bottom of your bodice. Pin the shirt to the skirt. Turn the shirt right side out. Add simplicity and effortless style to your closet with these cute jersey dresses for women from Old Navy. Americans with Disabilities Act Gap Inc. Americans with Disabilities Act. Sign In Sign Out. Mini Me - Looks for the Family. Now in Select Stores!
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