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« on: August 12, 2009 07:27:46 PM »

I got this gangsta XL shirt from an Anchor Blue that was closing down for $6. the print on it was so badass I couldn't resist, and I knew it would make an awesome dress. tonight I finally got around to cutting it up and I was right; it makes a totally hot dress! I took some pictures for a mini-tutorial in case anyone's bored and wants to make one of these. :>

what you'll need!
-a t-shirt so big you could swim in it
-a sewing machine (unless you're a masochist and want to sew it by hand)
-a serger (optional)
-a tank top that fits you well
-scissors
-blood, sweat, and tearz!!!!11

alright, so here's a photo of the shirt before it got sexy-fied:

hueg leik xbox, as you can see.

first! you will turn the shirt inside out and lay it out flat. then you take your tank top and line it up to be centered on the shirt. afterwards, you cut around the tank top, leaving about 1.5/2 inch seam allowance. like so:


second! if you have a serger, serge the armholes and neckline. I serged mine with white thread because I was too lazy to rethread my serger I figured it'd make for a cool contrast and a nice deconstructed look. if you don't have a serger, you can always use zig-zag stitch as an alternative. or if you want your edges nice and neat and hemmed, turn them under and sew.

third! sew up the sides. if you have a serger, go ahead and serge the sides after they're sewn. or zig-zag stitch. or leave them how they are. see if I care!

fourth! put your dress on and dance around feeling pretty.

(excuse my sun burn, I'm pretty much inept at putting on sunblock.)

and there you have it! that took, what, like 20 minutes max? you didn't even have to measure or mark anything! and now you have yourself a cute little dress to go clubbing in. 8D
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2009 07:35:00 PM »

Very cute! The print is totally badass, and the tute's really clear. Thanks and good job!
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2009 09:18:52 PM »

That's adorable! I'll have to try it.

It seems a bit short to wear alone as a dress though  Huh
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2009 10:34:50 PM »

Hey, that's so simple! Love it.

I'd team it with some leggings or stockings because I kinda like to be able to sit and bed without too many worries.

Thanks for the tute. Add that to my to-do lsit for when I get home...
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2009 08:38:11 PM »

Sweet tank dress, badass shirt for sure love it.
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2009 11:25:20 PM »

very cute!
now i must go get some over size shirts!
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2009 07:07:50 AM »

ummmm sorta kinda LOVE this dress. If I make one, I'm going to post it and totally give you major props.

Totally going to the thrift store after work today...
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2009 12:17:16 PM »

I have a question about this...

Can you make a t-shirt dress from a shirt that is too big, but isn't really long enough to turn into a dress? (i have a really long torso so its more difficult to find a shirt that is extra long on me) or at least any tips on how to make it work by using the extra fabric?
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2009 06:26:26 PM »

This is very adorable. When I get the body to make it look that good, I will try it and post pictures. Most likely this spring.  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2009 08:28:08 PM »

cute  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2009 08:33:14 PM »

I have a question about this...

Can you make a t-shirt dress from a shirt that is too big, but isn't really long enough to turn into a dress? (i have a really long torso so its more difficult to find a shirt that is extra long on me) or at least any tips on how to make it work by using the extra fabric?

make ruffles out of the extra fabric, or a band to go around the bottom flat?

this seems to be one of the easier tutes out for a similar project, thanks!
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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2009 02:41:57 PM »

Very cute!!
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« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2009 07:55:11 PM »

This is awesome! I have a giant tye dye shirt that I hav been wondering what to do with (got it at a yard sale for 5 cents xD) I will os make one of these (but i'll be using it as a tank top instead of a dress. Nothing above the knee for me xD Well really nothing above the ankle  Undecided) Its awesome tho LOVE IT! Kiss
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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2009 05:08:45 AM »

Love it! Now I have a back out plan for when I cant find a party dress!!
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« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2009 10:29:46 AM »

 Shocked oooh super hot! loves it!
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« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2009 07:03:05 AM »

Very Cute...now to be this skinny!
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« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2009 11:07:58 AM »

Badass! I just adore this dress:)
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« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2010 11:32:24 PM »

that is so effing awesome
i am DEFINITELY going to try this! finally, a sewing project i feel like i could actually do Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2013 01:03:53 PM »

This was the first dress I have ever sewed, and the second item of clothing I did too!

The picture is below, thanks for the awesome tutorial, I messed up a lot but I got loads of compliments when I was out and about on Friday ! Smiley

http://xtigerlillyx.tumblr.com/post/56163432388/i-made-this-dress-for-a-gig-i-was-going-to-at-the

Thanks again! Constantly getting better Smiley
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