Last year I shared this tutorial for a maxi dress made from a t-shirt. My daughter wore it all summer and as I watched her wear it I realized that the sewing pattern could be improved upon a little bit.
Two summers ago I made her this t-shirt dress. I really liked the way the waistband came together on that one so I decided to combine the 2 patterns into one!
In April while we were on Spring Break I took full advantage of the beach for some blog photography.
We learned that maxi dresses are not the best for the beach (they get wet!) but are still a really fun and comfortable option for summer dressing.
If you’d like to make one here’s how.
1 t-shirt- I prefer working with girls fitted t’s.
Fat quarter for waistband
2 eyelets for waistband
Ribbon for the tie around the waist. (Note: this dress has a drawstring, if you’re worried about it being a choking hazard you’ll want to sew it very well in place at the back seam).
Scraps of Heavyweight fusible interfacing
Knit fabric for the skirt. You need as much yardage as you want the skirt to be long. So measure from the girls natural waist (about where the belly button is) to the floor. Add a couple of inches.
Ball needle for sewing machine
*note: in the photos I’ve got a different t-shirt that’s because I messed up and ruined the first t-shirt- I went back and made a 2nd dress the one you see. Also I decided to make the t-shirt longer than the one pictured.
To begin, cut off the t-shirt at the natural waist (the same spot you measured for the skirt length).
Using the ball needle on your machine, sew knit fabric along the 2 selvage edges, with right sides together. This is now your skirt piece, the seam you just sewed will be going down the back of the dress.
Run 2 rows of gathering stitches along the top of your skirt piece.
Slip skirt piece into t-shirt right sides together, pull on gathering strings until gathers are even and the skirt piece matches the t-shirt piece.
Sew with a 1/2” seam.
Measure the circumference of the dress where the skirt meets the t-shirt. Note that measurement.
Cut your waistband piece 3” wide by the circumference of the skirt waist, + 1” for seam allowance.
Sew waistband together at short ends and press seam open (use 1/2” seam allowance).
Press under 2 long ends of waistband 1/2”.
Find the center front of the waistband and apply scrap of fusible interfacing. Set 2 eyelets into this spot.
Pin waistband to dress matching the bottom of the waistband with the top of the skirt. Stitch in place close to the 2 edges of the waistband.
Cut ribbon to desired length and thread through waistband.
Since your fabric is a knit, you won’t need to hem it, just cut it off at the desired length.