How to make a T-Shirt Dress

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In tune with the latest fashion and trends, school-age girls can be fastidious and finicky when it comes to clothes selection, especially on the first few days of the new school year. To keep costs down and to satisfy these chic-conscious youngsters, Carol’s adorable yet stylish T-shirt dress can be made by simply attaching a skirt to a shirt.


  • shirt of your choice
  • 1-1/2 to 2 yards of fabric
  • sewing equipment
  • heavy nylon thread
  • fusible hem tape
  • ruler


1. Determine the waistline on the dress, and cut off the shirt 1/2-inch below that point.2. Measure from the waistline to the middle of the wearer’s knee to determine the length of the skirt.
3. Cut a strip of fabric 1-1/2 to 2 yards long. Make the strip as wide as the measurement taken in Step 2 plus 1/2 inch for the seam allowance and an additional length for the hem.
4. Fold the hem over the fusible hem tape and iron it in place.
5. Sew the ends of the strip of fabric together to make a large circle.
6. For the gathered waistband, either sew a running stitch around the side of the circle opposite the hem, or sew a zigzag stitch over a length of heavy nylon thread in the same place.
7. Pull the thread to gather the waistband until its circumference matches that of the shirt.
8. Sew the wrong sides of the skirt and the shirt together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

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