March 6, 2011 • In web :: D.I.Y.
How-to D.I.Y. T-Shirt Dress
Forget chucking out those old t-shirts! Make an awesome tube dress instead with this D.I.Y. tutorial.
You're in Value Village, going through the men's t-shirt section, hoping to come across the perfect shirt for a “middle-aged dad” theme party, and like a beacon from heaven above, you see it: the perfect Misfits shirt. The problem is, the Crimson Ghost logo is staring at you from an XXL t-shirt with a moth-bitten collar. Not wanting to let a gem such as this go to waste, you grab it, pay the $4.99 for it and throw it in the closet, never to pull it out to see the light of day until you move out of your parents' basement.
This sad tale need no longer be perpetuated – there is hope. What if, instead of letting your adorable cat squeeze out her litter on that fabulous (yet useless) shirt of yours, you could be wearing it the same day you bought it?
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to turn that awesome yet huge t-shirt into a rad dress. There’s no need to relegate it to pyjama status anymore.
Please be aware that there are many ways in which one can alter a dress. This tube dress just happens to be the easiest one.
What you'll need:
- a huge shirt you love
- thread matching the colour of said huge shirt
- 6” zipper of the same colour
- sewing machine
- sewing chalk or fabric marker for marking on fabric
If you feel like being super DIY, you could do this by hand, but it is more efficient to use a sewing machine. If you do choose to sew by hand, you'll have to make sure your stitches are super tight and follow the types of stitches mentioned.
Before you begin, wash and dry the shirt in question, especially if it's new. You don't want to make a shirt to your specifications, only to shrink it in the wash and throw it on the closet floor after altering it.