I have been sewing for a year now. I have been dabbling between using patterns making my own pattern and refashions. Some more successful than others. Today I thought I would try one of Merricks refashion tutorials three t shirts to a dress off her blog.
I chose the three tee shirts to a dress refashion because it seemed simple, easy and achievable. It’s also perfect for this mumma as I am four weeks postpartum. So the ruching is flattering around my waistline.
I picked up 3 lavender t shirts on sale at Walmart for $3.00 each! One size small, one medium and one extra extra large. These were literally the last three left and I really liked the colour so I wanted to try and make it work. In hindsight I should have picked a different colour to help blend the seam lines but I really loved the lavender.
Materials you will need:
- 3 t-shirts (mine are from Walmart and I used one extra large for the top, and a medium and small for the bottom. I did end up taking the dress in at least four times.)
- matching thread
- 1/8″ wide elastic
I unpicked the pockets of the two shirts that I am going to use for the length of the dress.
We will start by cutting the tops of your two t-shirts. I kept my XXL for my top because I liked how the v neck dropped a little lower and the ample room under the armpits! I mean it’s over 100 degrees here in Florida and then add the humidity to that! Phew, a girls skin has to breathe.
Cut the hem off the first t shirt (the one you are keeping the top on). Then simply sew the bottom of the second shirt together to the first.
Repeat the same step so that all three t-shirts are attached together. At this point, you may want to try your dress on for fit. I took in my dress several times as the rouching was sagging. This is how it looked before the rouching. The dress was so long it was literally to the floor.
I measured the elastic from my belly button to my knee. I wanted my rouching to start a little higher because I am only 4 weeks out of having a c section so I am still lumpy, bumpy and sensitive. The higher rouching will help with my little postpartum belly.
I then sewed the elastic down the sides in the hem line. To ensure that the distribution was even I pinned the elastic at the top and the bottom. Then I stretched the elastic to meet the length of the dress and pinned it accordingly.
My sleeves were pretty large so I wanted to tailor them. I love an effortlessly chic street style. So I rolled the sleeves up twice and popped a small stitch on the top and bottom of the armpit to keep the new roll in place.
Once I sewed up the sleeves I was all done!
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