Recycled T-shirt Dresses

It was a more or less a last minute decision for me to participate in the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge. I didn't think I could pull it off.
Ashley from Lil Blue Boo has the cutest patterns for dresses made from recycled T-shirts. And see, I don't really like working with knits and I don't own a serger. Which I think is really a plus to have when sewing knits.

Anyway, Sunday night I just started cutting away. Inspired by the Sienna dress, I used four old shirts to piece together two different dresses. In addition I used the bottom of some pants' legs I had left over from making another set of capries for the girls. Those legs are now the sleeves on the dresses.

On one of the dresses I added a low fitting belt made from left over T-shirt fabric. It is looped through slits I cut above the twirly skirt part of the dress and simply tied into a double knot on one side.

I also added the girls' initial on each of the dresses by creating a stencil from freezer paper and filling it in with fabric paint. (Will be a helpfull touch for some of the teachers at their Pre-school ;-))

I think I will be making a few more of these dresses. They are easy and quick to make and the girls are very comfortable in them. Also, we have plenty of T-shirts that would love to see the light of day again...

PS: YES, I still have 3 or so "one-of-two-done-projects" laying around....!


Mama Lusco said...

So cute! The initial stencil is a great idea, especially for your twins. I like the gathered bottom skirt layer. Mallory loves these dresses because they're so comfy, too! I have a garbage bag full of t-shirts to recycle, so will be making many more myself :)

Lauranie said...

You are sooo CLEVER!! Love that the sleeves are from smart!! Your knit sewing is AWESOME...they didn't stretch out at all!!! I must remember your good advice when I do these!


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