Everyone has their favorite t-shirt right? Well, don’t you hate it when you get a stain on that shirt, or it just doesn’t fit properly anymore? This fun t-shirt of mine is near and dear to me for many reasons: I purchased it in Washington DC while visiting nearby Baltimore to run the half marathon while pregnant with my older daughter Arden (pictured). It’s also from the International Spy Museum, and my brother Jeff worked on one of the displays and on the installation as part of his job as a craftsman. It’s a lightweight knit, and it was also really long so it worked perfectly as a maternity tee and wasn’t too short after baby was born.
Perfect T-shirt trifecta: 1. Sentimental 2. Cute 3. Comfy. Unfortunately, it developed a case of underarm stain and no amount of stain treatment remedied the situation. What to do? Refashion it into a still-sentimental, cute, and comfy t-shirt dress for Arden!
If you have access to a sewing machine and basic sewing skills you can do this easy refashion – here’s how:
Find a knit dress to serve as your pattern. This drop-waisted tank dress worked perfectly with the length of the target t-shirt.
* Measure the length of the gathered skirt portion, adding extra for seam allowance for the top, but not the bottom since you’ll use the finished hem of your target t-shirt. Cut off the bottom of the shirt and set aside.
* Carefully fold both the shirt and the dress in half. Smooth out all seams and line up the folded edges. Carefully trace about 1/2″ from the dress and cut through all four layers of the t-shirt, or if you’re really confident whip out your rotary cutter and go for it!
* Since the front neckline dips lower than the back, now fold just the front of the t-shirt in half and trim it lower to match the dress.
If you’re interested in the more “fiddly” side of sewing, check out the series I’m hosting now – The Lost Arts of Sewing. I’ve got a great lineup of guests sharing their favorite techniques.