Is there anything better to wear in summer than a one-piece-jersey dress? No double layers and bulking at the waist, and you can just throw it in the washing machine like a regular t-shirt and don't even have to iron it afterwards. Well, it was time I made myself some of these!
I had cleaned out my closet a while ago, and - being a Re-fashionista - it took care of the problem in the closet, but made the one in the sewing room much worse... The ever growing pile of fabrics and clothes-to-be-refashioned...!
Look at the huge pile of T-shirts I had sorted out - some because of the wrong fit, some because of stains, some from my husband, and well, many because I just actually don't really wear t-shirts at all:
Much better than the sales bin at a fabric store, right? :-)
This dress was super quick - I chose three shirts: A pink one from a production I was in, a black one from Finland (both shirts from good quality jersey but I just never really wore them), and a striped one which had stains...
I took them over to the dress form and just started playing around with them. The wide collar of the striped shirt was perfect for an off-the-shoulder dress, and the black one made a perfect skirt - it has no seams at the sides and the elk-print goes around it, so I couldn't cut into it anyway:
Once I had decided how the dress should look, I started cutting into the shirts. The mid-section of the pink one was to become the main bodice piece - maybe I will some day sew a shirt out of all the logos from my production t-shirts, so I kept that intact. I also cut away the hem - if you want to become an efficient re-fashionista, you'll always keep those hems. They can come in so handy!
Then I put the pink mid-section on the dress form again and over that the striped neck. As you see, I used pins to mark the line where the pink shirt had to be cut off:
Then it really was just a matter of minutes, sewing it all together - I didn't even take any more pictures!
I used one of the sleeve-hems from the black t-shirt to finish the one armhole.
And guess what, once again I put it on and wore it out right after finishing it. I am obviously becoming better at making things that I actually wear, yea!
Oh, and here's the back. I always want to see the back of my clothes. I don't think enough people are aware of what they look like from behind :-)
Here is a sneak peak of my next t-shirt-refashion project:
It's finished already and I used 4 shirts for that one... To be posted soon!
Happy sewing and a great summer to you all!