About a year ago one of my friends sent me an image of a mom in the hospital, wearing a super slouchy t-shirt dress. She was close to expecting baby #2 and asked if I knew where she could find a similar one. I pointed her to a few different places, but I’m not sure she ever found one.

Anyway, I’ve kept this slouchy tee dress in the back of my mind for all this time, and decided a few weeks ago that I should make myself one for my impending hospital stay. It’s perfectly slouchy and soft, easy to pull down to nurse (since it has a wide neckline), and basically feels like pajamas but makes you look a little more pulled together.

Also, we took these photos when S was only 24 hours old (obviously when I was still in the hospital) and I’m already missing how tiny and new he was!

photos by rad and happy
Click READ MORE below to find the easy step by step tutorial!

Materials Needed:
1 1/2 – 2 yards soft knit fabric (you want something thin, with a really nice drape) — I found mine at Jo-Ann’s
matching thread
double needle
Step 1. Cut your fabric pieces. You’ll need a DRESS FRONT and DRESS BACK, and 2 NECKLINE LINING pieces.

Step 2. With right sides of the fabric together, line up the shoulders. Sew across them with a straight stitch. Trim and serge (or zigzag) the seam allowances.

Step 3. Measure how wide you want the arm holes (mine are about 9″), and mark that far down from the shoulder seam. Sew up the sides of your dress up to these marks.

Step 4. Open up the seam allowance on the side seams, and then continue up around the arm hole, folding the edges equally under. Sew around the arm hole with a straight, wide stitch. When you reach the bottom of the arm hole, sew a straight line across to connect the two sides of stitches.

Step 5. Now for the neckline. Take your two NECKLINE LINING pieces and, with right sides together, sew them together at the ends. They should now form a circle.

Step 6. Place the NECKLINE LINING on the dress with right sides together, matching up the side seams of the LINING with the shoulder seams of the dress. Then streeeetch the LINING and pin it in place evenly along the dress neckline. Sew around the entire neckline with a straight stitch. Then trim the seam allowance and tuck the LINING inside the dress and iron in place.
Step 7. With your double needle, top stitch around the neckline to secure the lining in place.
Step 8. Hem the dress to your desired length using your double needle, and you’re done!
  • Katana

    Hi merrick what if you wanted to make this for a plus size woman. Like a size 20 woman. How much fabric would you use then?

    • if it’s 60-inch wide fabric, i think 2 yards should be plenty! You can get 2 1/2 if you’re nervous, but I think 2 should be fine!