Monday, February 29, 2016

T-Shirt Dresses for a Cause

   Back in November, a group of seamtress met at our local extension office to create some T-shirt dresses for some little ladies that needed a dress.  This is the same group of ladies that receive the pillow case dresses many folks create.  There was a request for a dress that "covered" a bit more.

1. First decided on where I wanted the waist line to be and then how long the shirt needed to be for that waistline & cut off excess if necessary.  We had some possible guidelines to follow, but the problem happened when shirt sizes weren't consistent.
2. Measured the circumference of the bottom of the T-shirt to make sure 45 inch wide fabric will work for gathering.
3. Decided on length of added fabric plus hem and gathering seam.
4. Hemmed with a double rolled top stitch hem.
5. Stitched back seam.
5. Gathered fabric.  I used this method.
6. Seamed to bottom of T-shirt.
7. Embellish?????
One of the ladies showed how to make "yarn" from the left over T-shirt fabric that was cut off the bottom of the T-shirt.  Just cut about a 1 inch strip, then stretch.  I used one as an embellishment on a dress.

  A bow embellishment was made from scraps.
In about 3 hours time, I got 3 dresses finished.  The embellishments slowed things down a bit.

Thanks to the FREE program
 Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo & other touch ups.


  1. I love to repurpose items no longer used! Pinned and shared. Thanks for linking up at #ThursdayFavoriteThings! I hope you will join me at #OverTheMoon

  2. Embellishments always slow down the work. lol But they're worth it. They're a "little something" that adds charm. I really like the bow. And your choice of the red with white polka dots to go with the white t-shirts. In my opinion, making three dresses in three hours is fast work. I applaud your generosity.
    Thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party. Have a good day!


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