DIY T Shirt Sundress, Kids Clothes Week

February 8, 2015

My final make for kids clothes week is a t-shirt sundress.


Its quick and easy, have a go:)

DIY T Shirt Sundress

Start by cutting out the bodice part of the dress, either using a pattern or following the layout of an existing dress. Sew together the shoulder seams.

Cut out and add two layers of t-shirt fabric, this create the length of the skirt. Optimise the bottom of a t shirt for the bottom of the sundress, this saves hemming.

T shirt layers

Decide on the width of the bottom of the dress, and stitch up to the bodice and on to the arm hole. I used a sun dress my daughter already owns as a template for pinning the side seams.



Once stitched turn right side out.

Decorate or leave plain the bodice. As my daughter loves hearts and decoration I decided to embroider a heart on the bodice piece following a paper template.

DIY Sundress


heart template


Finish the neckline and armholes by creating a binding with more of the t-shirt fabric following the tutorial over at Stitched By Crystal.

heart sundress

One completed sundress – my husband can’t quite believe he owned three different t shirts of almost identical colour!

As you can see my daughter loves this dress, its been worn every day despite the fact its winter here!





39 comments so far.

39 responses to “DIY T Shirt Sundress, Kids Clothes Week”

  1. Lucy Blossom says:

    Another gorgeous and upcycled make, and another great tutorial from you too.

  2. Clare says:

    Very clever t-shirt adaptation, I can see why your daughter loves wearing it, although I think she’s very brave to be sporting a dress in winter!

  3. Ginny says:

    What a great tutorial. I love the stitched heart, which is the perfect finishing touch.

    • Vicky says:

      Thanks Ginny – it has made all the difference:) I’m sure she would have loved some sequins but in the spirit of using what I’ve got etc…!!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    What a brilliant dress and even better that Amy loves it. I really like the fact you added some simple embriodary to it too. I did wonder how you got the dress out of one t-shirt initially. The colours are so similar.
    Does your husband have any t-shirts left after this week or have you used them all? 😉 xx

    • Vicky says:

      I did ask him for some more at the beginning of the week, he advised me I had enough for recycling!! To be fair I have used all the ones I had for upcycling:)

  5. Suze Bain says:

    What a great make and the embroidered heart finishes it off perfectly. Xx

  6. Jan @ Handcrafted by Picto says:

    I can imagine it to be really comfortable, t.shirt material is so soft and stretchy. I can’t blame your daughter for wanting to wear it now. I think it will look great with a thin long sleeved polar-neck underneath or a pretty little cardy over the top 🙂
    Jan x

    • Vicky says:

      It does look good with boots and a cardigan, she’s not realised yet but I think it will look good with a denim jacket too:)

  7. What a great looking dress and I love the fact that it’s been upcycled, not suprised Amy loves it.

  8. Great upcycling again Vicky – it looks comfy and pretty – I’d wear it despite this weather too! The binding really finishes it off nicely.

  9. Caroline says:

    A lovely way to recycle old clothing, looks great

  10. Mlissabeth says:

    I love upcycling things. You did a great job. It is funny how many of us usually don’t realize how many t-shirts we have of the same color/shade.

  11. Knitnrun4sanity says:

    Your up cycled t shirt makes are great although not sure your husband will agree come summer when he goes to find a t- shirt?

  12. Josie says:

    What a wonderful upcycle and gorgeous model!

  13. A very pretty dress and a fantastic bit of upcycling, beautifully modelled too 🙂 x

  14. Ali says:

    You’re the queen of recycling Vicky. Your daughter’s dress looks wonderful and I love the embroidered
    heart. I bet you daughter can’t wait for some warmer weather so she can wear it.
    Ali xx

    • Vicky says:

      Cheers, it’s another of my goals this year to alter clothing – I had thought for me but I still struggle with the cost of buying a new to me item to alter! I will get braver:)

  15. Emma says:

    So clever! What excellent recycling! x

  16. This is great Vicky, had no idea it was yours it just really stood out on the Tuesday Tutorials linky 🙂 Thanks for joining in x

  17. Adding the heart embroidery finishes the dress of beautifully, Vicky. A great refashion!!!

  18. Selina says:

    Aw she looks so happy! Great idea and great job, what a good way to make use of old tees.

  19. Lindsay says:

    This looks so comfy! Great job!

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