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How to make a summer dress with t-shirts

Nothing better than a comfy dress for the nice summer days. I can’t believe I’m saying that! I use to wear denims all year long, but I started to like wearing dresses lately. So today, it’s a very simple tutorial to learn how to make a summer dress upcycling t-shirts. All you need is two old t-shirts with matching colors or patterns.

For the top part of the dress you need a t-shirt at your size, I used a tank top but it will work as find with a sleeve top. For the skirt part of the dress you need a man t-shirt, I used a XL size one.

Cut out the sleeves and the top part of the shirt. It was easy with this shirt, I just followed the line pattern. You can trace an horizontal line to help yourself.

Place the top shirt next to it, and trace two diagonals lines to make the skirt shape. The top of the man shirt must have the same dimension as the bottom of the woman shirt. Trace the lines, pin and sew with zigzags stitches. Once you are done sewing, cut out the extra fabric on the sides.

Time to assemble the top and the t-skirt to make the dress. Place the top inside the skirt, right side out. The skirt must be wrong side out. Check that front and back match for both t-shirts. Pin the edges together, they must fit perfectly. As both edges suppose to be the same size, you will not have any fold. Sew all around.

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Turn the right side out and iron! And done, your pretty summer dress made with upcycled t-shirts is ready to wear!



And the tutorial for the tassels flipflops is HERE.

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Thursday 25th of July 2019

Beautiful dress! I really inspired by your work. It is seems best way to use old t-shirts and It is very easy to make as well. I’m going to try it. Thanks for sharing.


Thursday 25th of July 2019

Thanks Lisa, it's a very simple sewing project. The thing is to use shirts that have matching color/patterns.


Monday 25th of July 2016

The colors are very nice complimenti! Anna

patti hudepohl

Monday 11th of July 2016

so simple! looks great on you. I forgot about the flip flops... maybe a family beach project this summer.

Ama Ryllis

Monday 11th of July 2016

Thanks Patti! The flip flops are easy to make, you just need glue and some yarn. It can be a great project to make on the beach (for craft addict ;)


Friday 8th of July 2016

gorgeous! I'm going to try it tomorow. "RIP" boyfriends t-shirts

Ama Ryllis

Friday 8th of July 2016

Hahaha!!! So true, I was so happy when my husband get rid of this green t-shirt...I knew exactly it was gonna be perfect for this project!