Monday, February 22, 2010

$1 t-shirt refashion


I bought this t-shirt from Walmart last week for $1. It's a juniors shirt but, I thought it would make the perfect dresses for my daughters. They both think they are singing stars.
I was a little big in the chest to start.
The first step to trimming it down was turning the shirt inside out. Then I turned one of her shirts inside out. Laying her shirt over the shirt I marked where the seams should be.
Then I serged the new lines. If you don't have a serger you can sew a regular seam then zig-zag the edges.
Next I used an old yellow t-shirt form my sisters goodwill pile for lots of ruffles.
I cut lots of 1" strips and sewed down the middle with elastic thread. I added the gathered strips around the sleeves and for a flower in the middle of the neck line.
The elastic thread made the sleeves bunch. Cute for sleeves, not for the hem. I gathered those strips by using the longest stitch on my machine and gathering by hand.

It was super simple. Don't you love yellow and gray together?



I did have more pictures of the process but my camera is having issues. Ruffles and Stuff just posted a tutorial using the same technique here.

Here is a list of parties I link to.

62 comments:

Pam said...

Oh my gosh, what a cute dress!And a great project. My 17 year old daughter will love this!
I also love your new header photos. Very cool!
Love your blog!
Pam @ Design Fanatic
http://diydesignfanatic.blogspot.com/

the thrifty ba said...

she is a rockstar! love it!

Momma B said...

You did a FABulous job!

Kaysi said...

Super cute! I love it and wish that I could sew so I could try one because I have a ton of shirts that I don't wear anymore

Meg said...

Very cute. It looks like it was a hit!

Kris said...

Love It! I saw those shirts at my local Wally Mart, I am going to have to head on over and pick up a few. My little "Hannah Montana" would love that dress. Thanks for sharing!

The Yorgason's said...

How fun! Great job!

ERIN said...

So stinking cute! I saw those shirts at wal-mart too but passed them up. I love what you did with them. Your girls are adorable too!

roommom said...

O.K., that is just WAAAAAY too cute. And she looks adorable in it.
Kathleen
http://www.firefliesandfamily.blogspot.com

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

That is wonderful--I am really getting hooked on refashions!

Natasha said...

That is just gorgeous-How clever you are! Your little model is very cute too!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Joyeful said...

OH this is SO adorable!! Love all the frilly-ness you added!!

Bon said...

So cute! Great job!
Bon
gorgfabgoodies.blogspot.com

Kelly @ Make It Sparkly Mama said...

That is a great refashion! I do love the yellow and gray together. So fashionable. Your model is adorable!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

oh it's just so cute! she is a little ham, looks like she's got the fantastic personality to wear such a fabulous shirt :)

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Fabulous!
I love it!

Adventure Mom Janna said...

Wow! i want one. It's adorable with the leggings and what a joyful little girl.

Style Sisters said...

Awesome job!! So cute cute cute!!
Stop by and check out my Easter napkin ring promotion and see some of my Easter Tablescape ideas.

Karin

Jenny at Intentionally Me said...

Nice job! I had to laugh because my eleven year old has been wanting that very t-shirt for months. Wonder if it's only $1 at our local Walmart.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

That is adorable, and clearly your lucky daughter loves it! Thanks for linking up!

Andrea said...

That is really cute. My girls would love that!

Amnah said...

So cute. I hope I can try this one day.

Lei said...

super cute and thrifty!

concretenprimroses said...

I love this! Only wish I had a little girl to make it for. I'll pass your link on for sure.
Kathy

theteo5 said...

I didn't set up to make this dress, but I remember seeing your link on Sumo's sweet stuff and when I was in wal-mart today I picked up a shirt (ours were $3!!!) and did a less is more approach. I linked up with you here:

http://holy-craft.blogspot.com/2010/02/another-t-shirt-refashion.html

fawnda said...

That turned out soooooooooo CUTE! great job!

Linda said...

This little dress is such a cutie patootie...luv it! Come by and check out my CASH GIVEAWAY:)

Blessings,
Linda

Jingle said...

That is fantastic! She looks great!

kirstin & jordan said...

This is so fabulous- SO fabulous! I have a couple of tshirts in my drawer that are a little too clingy for me, but that would make fabulous little ruffle dresses!
We have a friday fun find party- if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link up tomorrow!

The Persimmon Perch said...

Fun and flirty. Love the ruffles and the color combo. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I love this--what a fun tee to start with, but you made it so much better. The yellow and the grey are pretty together. Thanks for linking up!

Nancy's Couture said...

How cute!!! I bought this shirt too. Now I know what I'm gonna do with it.

Andy Porter said...

That is DARLING! I picked up a handful of things at the WalMart sale as well. I should have snagged more.

Amber and The Boys said...

That is definitely the coolest thing I have seen on Sew and Tell today! Wow! You are talented!

pinksuedeshoe said...

I saw this shirt, but I didn't really like it as it was. Of course you have made it super cute, lucky little girls you have!

Michelle said...

Very, very cute!

Sew It UP! said...

Now she really rocks! Way to go mom! :o)

jenjen said...

That dress is just adorable. I love it. Darling project!

XOXO
Jen

amylouwho said...

really cute! I need to get out my serger and use it....

The Tripp Family said...

adorable! what a cute & willing little model you have!

Jennifer said...

Wow, this is really cute! So fun and funky! What a great idea.

Leslie said...

these are adorable! you did such a great job.

Mary said...

This is such a cute idea, and I love your blog header!

Karen said...

That is so hip and cool.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

absolutely adorable!!! And a great model too! I love t-shirt restyles! Thanks for linking this up to somedaycrafts!

KQuiltyBee said...

I love this fabulous upcycle--now just to find myself a little girl :)

Anne at Film and Thread said...

You did a great job on this. Very cute!

Nina... said...

Great idea! So creative

Mrs Moen said...

That is so cute!

jlk said...

too cute! I am enjoying following you on SYTYC :)

trish said...

Oh my goodness! What a clever idea. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Aunt Spicy said...

Really fabulous!

fawnda said...

I just wanted to let you know that I featured your here:
http://firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com/2010/02/sunday-spotlight-soys-favorites_27.html

Lynette said...

I almost bought that shirt at my Walmart, but it was $3! I thought the microphone was so cute and would be fun as something for my daughter too. I love what you did with it..the flower is super cute! Great job! I would love for you to add it to my El Cheapo Shirt Challenge here:

http://getyourcrafton.blogspot.com/2010/01/el-cheap-o-shirt-challenge.html

Lynette

Tiff @ Making The World Cuter said...

That is fantastic! Great color combo!
-Tiff

Rita E said...

So cute and creative! The models are SO ADORABLE!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I love the yellow ruffles. Your daughter is a lucky girl! Great job!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!

Stories by Me! said...

This is darling. Makes me wish that I had little girls to dress!

1 Funky Woman said...

That is the cutest thing I've ever seen! I just love it, and it looks like she loves it too!

FrouFrouBritches said...

So cute! My 12 year old has that shirt. I may have to steal it for my 4 year old now. CUTE!

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

I am featuring this on my site all day today! (sunday!)

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

LOVE it so much more than the original!

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