T Shirt Dress DIY, Kids Clothes Week – Upcycling

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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).




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  1. Elizabeth
    February 6, 2015 / 10:35 am

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

    • Vicky
      February 6, 2015 / 7:16 pm

      The beauty of getting to grips with my overlocker:)!!

    • Vicky
      February 6, 2015 / 7:15 pm

      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:)

    • Vicky
      February 6, 2015 / 7:15 pm

      So does my daughter, always handy!

  2. February 6, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Gorgeous dress Vicky! and an even better price tag! 🙂
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  3. February 8, 2015 / 2:45 am

    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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