It’s our last day of camp and we wanted to leave you with a little project you could easily whip up this weekend! All you’ll need is a white T-shirt, tie dye and some sewing skills (or a friend who sews!)
There is nothing that this girl loves more than a new dress. A new pair of shoes is certainly up there on the list – but she’ll tell EVERYONE about a new dress! So helping to make her a new dress? Oh, it just makes my heart soar! This dress started as an adult L tshirt and was ombre tie dyed as part of the Tie Dye Your Summer campaign with Tulip. Sarah and I were trying to perfect our ombre techniques and I loved how this tee turned out.
Between Sarah and my mom’s sewing skills and understanding of construction and my little bit of help (I provided opinions and a cute model) we made a sweet T-shirt dress that is the perfect apres pool outfit. You could use ANY tee for this – I have a box of sorority and college shirts that I think might have second lives as T-shirt dresses! It’s not hard – and I’m sorry we don’t have step-by-step images – but I think you’ll get it!
1. Cut off the sleeves about two inches from the factory seam and hem.
2. Mark where the arm pit should be (you may need to try the dress on it’s intended) and then move that measurement down an inch to accommodate the ribbon on the shoulders.
3. Pin (or just mark if you’re a seamstress who walks on the wild side) the side seams in a slight A-line shape.
4. Mark/Pin the finished hem length you’d like.
5. Trim the tee off about an inch below your finished length marker. If you’re getting fancy and doing a finished french seam, I’ll assume you know how much fabric you’ll need to leave.
6. Sew the side seams, then hem. Jersey isn’t a difficult fabric to work with but it’s not the easiest, either. There are a dozen YouTube videos that will explain how and why and what etc for sewing jersey.
7. Run a length of ribbon (about 12 inches, give or take, depending on how thick your ribbon is) through the neck and arm holes and tie on the top of the shoulder. Secure with a dot of fabric glue and finish the ends with fray check.
Then have a post swimming dance party in your awesome new dress. Because thats what all two year olds do, right? This would be equally as cute for a women’s pool cover up! I wouldn’t even bother with the sewing – just cut the sleeves and tie with cute ribbon. Happy weekend, y’all!