T Shirt Dress DIY, Kids Clothes Week – Upcycling

February 6, 2015

Have you come across kids clothes week #kcw? The premise is simple, sew an hour a day for seven days for your kids.

To be honest I wasnt planning on joining in, but then I read that this weeks theme is upcycling..! Well it would be rude not to, especially with this big pile of tshirts!

Tshirts for upcycling #kcw - Copy


T Shirt Dress DIY

First up a t-shirt dress, with gathered knit skirt. I started off with a red t shirt from my brother and a charity shop skirt for £3.

Fabric choices #kcw


Using a pattern I already owned (uptown/downtown dress) I cut out the top, and using the extension markings on the pattern worked out the length of the skirt.


Pattern cutting

Continuing to learn how to use my serger/overlocker I gathered the top of the skirt, as this did not gather sufficiently I then hand gathered up and attached the skirt to the dress.

Upcycled t shirt dress - Copy

The dress took two hours, in the main because I made some mistakes which I decided to unpick and rectify. I have learnt how to attach a neckline (as in make it an inch shorter that the measurement for the neck so it  lies flat).

T shirt dress DIY

I pleased with the result, I learnt some skills. Plus my daughter has a dress for £3 (as opposed to last years similar dress which cost me £22 from the shops).





9 comments so far.

9 responses to “T Shirt Dress DIY, Kids Clothes Week – Upcycling”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    2 hours to make a dress that is fantastic. Cute too. xx

  2. Wonderful! I love your creativity and your gorgeous recipient looks very happy with her new clothes!

    • Vicky says:

      Thanks Rachelle, need to sort out all the remaining scrappy bits and make a decision re rag bag for charity shop or stuffing for soft toys:)

  3. Louisa says:

    What fun! I love the addition of the bow.

  4. Jill says:

    Gorgeous dress Vicky! and an even better price tag! 🙂

  5. Cute dress! What a great idea! Share and link up your post on my linky party! Thanks!! http://inchworming.blogspot.com/2015/02/use-it-or-lose-it-linky-party.html

  6. Leslie says:

    You can’t beat a great find that gets greater. I wish I could sew things other than coin purses and clutches, grr. Hah. Happy Saturday!

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