It was even comfy enough for a game of swingball!
I made it from a plain white XL t-shirt (that we got free from a school trip to the local hardware store!),
and a swimming costume that was well loved, but has stretched and lost it's elasticity - no longer any good for swimming!
I started out by googling making a dress from a t-shirt - and that was where I got delayed for quite some time!!
The first site I found was this unbelieveable link from 2 years ago, which has soooo many ideas for upcycling t-shirts, I was lost there for quite some time! I highly recommend checking this one out, it's on a website which is entirely dedicated to t-shirts (Hide your arms).
There are ideas and tutorials for making everything you could imagine out of t-shirts! From nappies and dresses for kids, to a rug, a halter neck top, and even a bikini (that video tutorial is great!).
The possibilities really are endless!
I also found a website of t-shirt surgery! lots more pictures of various t-shirt upcycles!
Then I cut the skirt part of the swimmers off, a decorative ruffle from the front, and several strips of the remaining fabric.
I also cut a couple of strips of white from the t-shirt sleeves to use for the straps:
I stitched the decorative ruffle to the front part of the dress.
Then used the strips of fabric from the swimming costume, as bias binding for the neck and arm holes. Basically you're enclosing the raw edge of the material with other fabric which needs to be a bit stretchy to be able to go around the curves (hence it's usually cut on the 'bias' which means on the diagonal - giving it a bit of stretch).
The swimming costume fabric was nicely stretchy, so I stitched it on (right sides together, then folded it over the top and the last raw edge under, before stitching along again.
I did this on both necklines and arm holes. Next time I would join the front and back of the dress together first, then add the bias binding, which would have been neater and not resulted in such bulky seams!
So then, I pinned and stitched the front and back of the dress together down the sides(right sides facing).
Then for the straps, I folded a strip of t-shirt material cut from the sleeve) in on itself and stitched.
Then cut two pieces the lengths I wanted for the straps
(I measured them against the original dress I used for sizing)
Then pinned and stitched the ends to the top of the dress:
Then finally, I pulled the skirt from the swimming dress up over the new t-shirt dress, and simply folded the top over to hide the raw edge, then pinned and stitched it on!
And that was it! A very simple, t-shirt dress:
Ideal for tennis!
Have you upcycled any t-shirts?
What other ideas have you found for how to use these clothes items that everyone has??
Please feel free to link up your ideas to my clothes upcycling page. There are already lots of great links, ideas and tutorials to explore - and I've now upgraded to picture thumbnail links too!
Here's the t-shirt ideas that are linked up so far:
Just amazing!! and all from the simple t-shirt!
I'm starting to look at t-shirts in a whole new way now!
How about you?
For more fabulous clothes upcycling ideas, and to add your own link, go to my dedicated page: