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« on: February 24, 2014 01:12:04 PM »

So I'm not a big fan of wearing women's-cut, fitted tees. I hate having to pull them down all the time and I've got just a few too many fat rolls around the belly to ever feel really comfortable in them. That said, I also occasionally find ones I just really like, and can't help but buy them, but then I don't wear them very often. Recently it finally occurred to me that I would like them a lot better as dresses, so I bought some fabric and elastic, sewed some skirts, and attached them.

Here's the first one I did (note the bow-tie applique on the skirt since bow ties are cool):

And here's the one I finished last night:

The Doctor Who one used one yard of fabric, while the Teen Titans one used one and a half yards of black and half a yard of yellow. In both cases the main fabric was cut from selvage to selvage in half-yard increments (two for the blue, three for the black) and sewn together along the selvage sides to create a tube before finishing with a hem and elastic casing. (My mother insists I ought to use gathering stitches instead, but I'd rather just spend the 88 cents on elastic and take the lazy route.) In the case of the Teen Titans dress, the yellow was cut from selvage to selvage into three 6-inch strips which were folded in half before being sewn onto the bottom of the black.

UPDATE 9/5/2014:

The latest addition to my fitted-tee dress collection! This one has a box-pleated skirt and Peter Pan Collar (which was not wide enough; live and learn) made from a repurposed bed sheet.

I do still intend to do a tutorial for the non-pleated ones next time I make one of those, but the pleated one is not getting a tutorial, mainly because I suck at pleating and there are plenty of better tutorials for that out there.
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2014 02:39:42 PM »

Cute! I like the way they turned out.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2014 05:42:21 PM »

They turned out great! I absolutely love this idea!! I am still a beginner when it comes to sewing though. If you make another, could you post a mini tutorial?

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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2014 07:51:04 PM »

If you make another, could you post a mini tutorial?

I can do that! I'm planning to make another sometime in the near future, so I'll try to get process shots and stuff!

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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2014 09:13:06 PM »

This is such a great idea! and good job!

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2014 01:37:19 PM »

Oh that;s brilliant! I should go to Goodwill or grab some of my old shirts. I have some that are stretched out weirdly, but I don't want to throw them away. I think this will work to revive them. Thanks!

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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2015 01:45:18 AM »

those are  super cute!
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2015 03:53:06 PM »

Ouran! That's so damn cute!

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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2015 02:09:04 AM »

Way to salvage annoyingly boxy women's tshirts! Nice job on the Ouran one, peter pan collars are awkward but it works even if it did come out a little short and this way you don't loose the top guy's (or is it Haruhi?) head Smiley
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