A couple of years ago I made this striped maternity dress from two t-shirts sewn together. Since then I've had a lot of requests for a step by step tutorials, and when I pinned this dress, I knew it was a perfect one to make with several tees. The ruching down the front of it hides the seams perfectly, just like the stripes did on the other dress.
|dress: made by me (tees from forever 21) // sunglasses: c/o aupie // bag: c/o oasap // shoes: target (similar & similar) // bracelet: c/o hello fab // watch: michael kors|
- 3 t-shirts (mine are forever 21 and I used one medium for the top, and two larges for the bottom, although I ended up taking it in so much to make the dress fitted that I should have probably gone with a small and 2 mediums)
- matching thread
- 1/8" wide elastic
Step 1. Starting with three t-shirts, cut the tops off of two of them right at the armpit, as seen below.
Step 2. Take the top tee (the one that isn't cut up), and just slice off the bottom hem. Then with right sides together, sew the middle and top tee together, as seen below.
Step 3. Cut off the bottom hem of the middle shirt and then attach it to the bottom shirt, with right sides together. Your dress should now look like this:
Step 4 (optional). Take in the sides of your dress so it is very fitted. The ruching is very forgiving, so don't worry too much about it being super tight, and if it's too loose the ruching will sag. Finish your raw edges with a serged or zigzagged seam if desired. The inside of your dress should now look like this (my dress here came to about 2 inches above my ankle):
Step 5. Measure from your natural waist down to your knee and cut a piece of 1/8" wide elastic in that length. Pin one end of the elastic to the natural waist area on the side seam allowance of your dress, as seen below, and then pin the other end of the elastic to the hem of your dress. Sew a straight stitch down the elastic, attaching it to the seam allowance, pulling evenly as you sew. Repeat on the other side of the dress.
Step 6 (optional). If you want a pocket, cut a piece of fabric in this shape below. Fold the top edge down and sew a straight seam across.
Fold the remaining sides in and press into place, then pin to your shirt and sew around the three sides.
And you're done! As always, comment with any questions and I'll be happy to clarify!