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DIY T Shirt Sundress, Kids Clothes Week

DIY T Shirt Sundress, Kids Clothes Week

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!




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If you are looking for the Grow Your Blog post it is here.

Kids Clothes Week– I made it, one hours sewing per day for the week. I have really enjoyed joining in this week

Last September I bought my daughter a meters worth of this bright butterfly knit, with the intention  of making her a dress. This week I finally tackled the project.


Not owning an overlocker I did a little research about sewing knit fabrics – I found a you tube video explaining that straight stitching does not have the give of a knit fabric and can therefore pop and break. It suggested instead to stitch with a zigzag stitch which provides some stretch. Armed with a suitable sewing machine needle optimism prevailed.


I am delighted to finish the dress/tunic – am I tempted to sew with knit fabric again? No! My machine skipped the odd stitch, and adding a zip as per the pattern was problematic.


Here’s for my daughters long hair hiding the zip – although her hair is not long enough to show I haven’t matched the pattern up down the central back seam!!


Any tips on sewing knit fabric greatly appreciated – my son could really do with some more PJ’s, and I have lots of XL t-shirts ready for conversion:) Trusting they are considerable less stretchy!

In other news I have started a years on line marketing course with Handmade Horizons, we had our first webinar this week. It’s really exciting, and challenging. Already I have a lot to reflect on:) If anyone fancies helping with some of the home work I need to describe in great detail my ideal customer… I am thinking about customers who buy the eco recycled bags I make. If I can drill down into the type of person they are then I can identify the blogs &magazines they read, where they shop etc.. If you fancy identifying your own dream customer the worksheet is freely available at Polly and Claires website

Hope you have a creative week:) I’m brimming with new ideas for bags.

As usual I am popping by Handmade Harbour 🙂


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