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t-shirt into little girl dress

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Over the years I have amassed a collection of t-shirts that have become too small on me. I’m not sure what the issue is. It could be that they have always been too small and I wore them anyway (embarrassing). It could be that they have shrunk over time (how much do clothes shrink, though, really?). In any case, my drawer has become littered with them and I needed to weed them out. Some of the shirts I gave to a friend’s daughter (who is in sixth grade… that is how small these were on me), but I held on to a few because of a) their sentimental value and b) their remake potential. I’m not sure what I will do with the ones with sentimental value (I can never get rid of my Bruce Springsteen World Tour 2003 shirt or my reminds-me-of-seth-cohen “my boyfriend is a skateboarder” shirt), but the ones with remake potential are perfect for Pia. Case in point:

The length of the shirt ended up being great for a dress.  The only tweaking I did was gather the shoulders a bit with a few hand stitches so the shoulder seams hit at the right spot.

I might add a belt/sash or a fabric flower near the neckline, but right now it is a comfy, barefoot sort of dress. Though by these pictures it appears Pia is less than thrilled with it. Or maybe she is working on her disinterested model look.


5 responses »

  1. No way – the *only* thing you did was the shoulder stitches? Amazing! The gathered shoulders are super cute, and it looks like it was meant to be a dress all along. Perhaps *that* was the problem – you bought little girl dresses and tried to wear them as t-shirts. Hmm… 😉

  2. Trail's Crafts

    Cute dress! I’ve recycled many t-shirts into to clothes for my daughter. It’s nice to take something you can’t use, and make it into something you can.

  3. I will definitely have to try this. I think at this point, though, I might have to alter a bit more than the shoulders for one of my shirts to fit Cricket! Maybe once she’s at least sitting up…

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