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Topic: Tutorial: Men's t shirts into cowl neck dress  (Read 30276 times)
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« on: August 22, 2011 02:40:56 PM »



I created this dress using 2 men's T shirts which are sewn together at the neck.
Supplies:
    * 2 identical cotton T shirts (I used Hanes white undershirts, size Large. I dyed them blue before making the dress) Men's size large T's will make a XS/S dress. If you wear a larger size, buy larger T shirts)
    * 4 1/2 length of braided elastic that is 3/8 wide

[Cut off the neck on both T shirts]


[Step 2: Create the pockets. Sew the arm holes closed on the right side of one of the shirts. Stitch a line approximately 1/2 inch above the arm bands]


[Step 3: Cut off the arm bands- I found that the pockets lay better without the added thickness. Don't cut too close to the stitches. Leave about 1/4 inch. This T shirt will be the skirt part of the dress]


[Step 4: Turn both shirts inside out and then sew them together at the neck]


[Step 5: I sewed a small piece of elastic on the front waistband to give the dress a better fit. At this point the front and back of the dress are the same. Just choose a side to be the front. Mark the middle with a pin. Measure 4 1/2 inches on both sides of the pin and mark those off spots off. This is where the elastic gets sewn]


[Here is the sewn on elastic. Make sure you stretch the elastic while sewing it. It creates a nice, gathered look in between the pockets]


[Final step: Turn the dress right side out, put it on and tuck the pockets in]
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2011 02:55:04 PM »

That is quite amazing. Thank you.
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2011 02:57:39 PM »

This is probably the most creative dress from shirt pattern i've seen. Great work  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011 03:17:26 PM »

I got to the final step of the pattern and was wondering where the rest of the tutorial was! But thats it! Wow, so simple, so few steps and so amazing! I could even manage that! Thank you. I'm so tempted to head to the thrift store for some t-shirts today!

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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2011 03:33:20 PM »

This is such a great idea for a dress!

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2011 05:00:13 PM »

wow! what an original tut! great idea!
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2011 05:56:05 PM »

what a beautiful dress!
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2011 06:02:52 PM »

wow, that's awesome!
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2011 06:48:10 PM »

I own a dress VERY similar to this and have wanted more as it is soooooo comfortable.  THANKS ever so much for the tutorial!  This ROCKS!
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2011 08:19:12 PM »

Um, just have to say, you are both beautiful and brilliant!  Thanks for the tute, this looks amazing and simple, and I'm going to have to try it.  Wow, so neat!
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