Use Men’s T-Shirts to Create an Awesome Dress

How to Turn Men’s T-Shirts into a Dress

I love creating new garments with men’s t-shirts… They are inexpensive, comfortable, and come in an array of colors. I am always searching for a great t-shirt dress that is long enough for me and my long legs, so I came up with the idea to use two men’s t-shirts to create the most comfortable dress I will probably ever own! These dresses can be made in one solid color (which is what I prefer) or using two contrasting colored shirts, like the example in this post. Let me show you how to turn men’s t-shirts into a dress…

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Materials:

  • 2 – men’s t-shirts, one size larger than you would normally wear
  • Coordinating thread
  • Scissors & pins

Two shirts are used for each dress – one shirt is sewn to the bottom of the other, with a casing and drawstring so that the dress can be cinched at the waist or hips. Start by washing and drying the shirts. Press any wrinkles out, if necessary.

How to Make a T-Shirt into a Dress - shirts

Try on the shirt that will be used for the bodice and determine how long it will need to be… In other words, when the dress is cinched at the waist or hips, there needs to be enough of the bodice to sort of blouson or hang over the casing and drawstring – just slightly! My shirts are extra large and my daughter’s shirts are medium, and I found that cutting 5″ off of the bottom of the shirt used for the bodice worked equally well for both sizes.

How to Make a T-Shirt into a Dress - upper bodice

Cut the second shirt across the body just under the sleeves and pin it to the bottom of the shirt used for the bodice.

How to Make a T-Shirt into a Dress - lower skirt

Sew the two pieces together using a serger or a stretch stitch on a regular sewing machine.

How to Make a T-Shirt into a Dress - pin top bottom

How to Make a T-Shirt into a Dress-stitch top bottom

Cut two 1-3/4″ strips from the piece that was cut off of the bodice. One piece is for the casing and the other piece is for the drawstring. (Contrasting colors can also be used!) Pin the casing on the lower edge of the bodice just above the seam line for the skirt and stitch in place. There is no need to hem the casing. Stitch it in place using a stretch stitch on a regular sewing machine. (I used a coverstitch machine to sew the casings.)

How to Make a T-Shirt into a Dress - cut waistband

How to Make a T-Shirt into a Dress - pin waistband

How to Make a T-Shirt into a Dress - stitch waistband

Cut the neckband out of the bodice t-shirt, and cut approximately 1-1/2″ off of each sleeve. Press a 1/2″ hem in each sleeve as well as in the neckline, then stitch with a stretch stitch on the sewing machine. (I used the coverstitch machine, again!) A decorative stitch and contrasting thread can also be used!

How to Make a T-Shirt into a Dress - cut sleeve

How to Make a T-Shirt into a Dress-press sleeve

Take the piece that was cut for the drawstring and pull it – this will cause it to stretch and curl in on itself. Use a safety pin to thread it through the casing.

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That is it! Super-simple and easy, right? Not to mention that the dresses look great and are so inexpensive! Have any questions about how to turn men’s t-shirts into a dress? Let me know! Leave a comment below!

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