I got an idea to make a girls maxi dress from a t-shirt. Last Summer after I made my daughter this dress... she “requested” another one but this time with JUST fabric on the bottom… So to keep my little fashionista happy, I drew it up in my sketch book and promised to make her one this summer.
I decided to make it from Voile this time. I love the light airy fabric and thought it would be perfect for summer.
I saw that Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy has a tutorial on her site for an Adult size made from a tank top- If you’re looking for an adult size of this dress, check it out, she uses a different method to attach her skirt to the top.
Ready to get started?
To make this dress you’ll need the following:
– t-shirt. It needs to fit snugly, but not tight- if you’re not sure of the size, go down a size. Mine is from Old Navy.
– 2 yards of Voile Fabric- You could also use Velveteen- but try to stick to something light and airy, otherwise the dress will get heavy- if you want to make it for a taller than a size 10 you’ll need more yardage.
– 1/2 yard of Voile Fabric for waistband
Seam allowances are 1/2″
On your t-shirt make a mark approx 2″-3″ down from the bottom of the arm holes.
To make the sash.
Cut a piece of fabric 6″ wide by 54″. (it was 54″ wide since it was a Voile fabric).
Fold in half, miter corners. Stitch together leaving a 2″ opening in the center.
Turn right side out- slip stitch opening closed. Press.
Be sure to send me links to your t-shirt projects!! I’m going to do a round up at the end of the month! (thanks to those of you that have already sent them).