If there is one thing I make a lot of, it’s T-shirt dresses. Honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t done a simple DIY for this project yet considering the sheer amount of times I find myself sewing them. They are just simple, comfy, cute, and worn all of the time. Once you get the hang of it, they can take less than 30-45 minutes to sew. Both my kids and myself wear these dresses, especially in the Summer. They just seem to be the perfect dress to throw on with a pair of flip flops and go. All you need is a yard to yard and a half of knit fabric, and you are in business.
How to sew a T-shirt dress
A super simple knit sewing diy
T-shirt dress sewing tutorial
- Time needed: 1 hour
- Skill level: Advanced Beginner
- T-shirt you own that fits well for pattern drafting
- 1 – 1.5 yd knit fabric
- Basic sewing essentials
FABRIC SEEN IN THESE PHOTOS:
- Fold your t-shirt in half and place on the fold of your fabric. Make sure the fabric stretch is going from left to right (horizontally). Cut (2) on the fold, one for the front and one for the back, adding seam allowance as needed. Alter the necklines for both front and back. Cut out (2) sleeves on the upper fold. Cut a 2″ strip of knit bias for the neckline, as well as a rectangle your desired size for the pocket.
- Fold the top of the pocket down 1″ toward the wrong side and press. Sew to secure. Fold side and bottom edges 1/4″ towards wrong side and press.
- Place pocket on top of front dress pattern in desired location and pin, with the right side facing up. Sew around the sides and bottom to secure.
- Place front and back dress right sides together matching up all seams. Pin and sew shoulder seams. Press seams open.
- Measure around your neckline and subtract 1″. Cut a piece of 2″ bias this length. Fold bias right sides together matching up the short outer edges. Pin and sew. Fold bias in half matching up the long outer circular edge and press. Slip bias neckline around the dress neckline matching up the raw edges and pin in place, stretching the bias to match the neckline width when pinning. Sew around using a zigzag stitch or serger. Press seam down and bias neckline up, sew around to secure seam in place using a long straight stitch.
- Match up the curve of the sleeve with the armsyce. Pin right sides together and sew. Repeat for both sleeves.
- Fold dress in half right sides together matching up side seams. Pin and sew.
- Fold sleeve hem 1″ towards the wrong side and press. Sew around using a zigzag stitch, stretch stitch, double needle, or coverstitch to secure. Repeat for both sleeves and bottom hem of dress to finish.
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