DIY T Shirt Sundress, Kids Clothes Week

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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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    • Vicky
      February 8, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks Lucy:)

  1. February 8, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    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!

    • Vicky
      February 8, 2015 / 9:51 pm

      Ah well… she’s been wearing it combined with a christmas jumper, she has a unique dress sense!

    • Vicky
      February 8, 2015 / 9:52 pm

      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…!!

  2. Elizabeth
    February 8, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    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
      February 8, 2015 / 9:53 pm

      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:)

  3. February 8, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    What a great make and the embroidered heart finishes it off perfectly. Xx
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    • Vicky
      February 8, 2015 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks Suze:)

  4. Jan @ Handcrafted by Picto
    February 8, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    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
      February 8, 2015 / 9:55 pm

      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:)

  5. February 8, 2015 / 10:12 pm

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

    • Vicky
      February 9, 2015 / 6:32 pm

      Cheers, upcycling makes sewing so much more affordable:)

  6. February 8, 2015 / 11:15 pm

    Great upcycling again Vicky – it looks comfy and pretty – I’d wear it despite this weather too! The binding really finishes it off nicely.
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    • Vicky
      February 9, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks, the binding remains a learning curve:)

  7. February 9, 2015 / 6:50 am

    A lovely way to recycle old clothing, looks great

    • Vicky
      February 9, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks Caroline:)

  8. February 9, 2015 / 6:57 am

    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.
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    • Vicky
      February 9, 2015 / 6:29 pm

      I dread to think how many white ones I have:)!

  9. Knitnrun4sanity
    February 9, 2015 / 7:02 am

    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?

    • Vicky
      February 9, 2015 / 6:28 pm

      I reckon he’s still got twenty plus!!!

    • Vicky
      February 9, 2015 / 6:33 pm

      Thanks Josie:)

  10. February 9, 2015 / 10:56 am

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

    • Vicky
      February 9, 2015 / 6:35 pm

      Cheers, I did put some effort into getting a giggle or too and therefore a more relaxed look!

  11. February 9, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    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
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    • Vicky
      February 9, 2015 / 6:37 pm

      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:)

  12. February 10, 2015 / 8:32 am

    Love this one

    • Vicky
      February 14, 2015 / 9:50 am

      Cheers Jane:)

    • Vicky
      February 14, 2015 / 9:48 am

      Cheers Emma:)

    • Vicky
      February 14, 2015 / 9:50 am

      Thanks Kate – the link party is really growing – lots of lovely projects to see:)

  13. February 14, 2015 / 7:57 am

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

    • Vicky
      February 14, 2015 / 9:49 am

      Thanks Pam – couldn’t bring myself to buy sequins which I’m sure she would have loved!!

  14. March 5, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    This looks so comfy! Great job!

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