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Upcycled Maxi T-Shirt Dress Tutorial & Creative @ Home Link-Up Party

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I love creating new things out of stuff that would normally be thrown away and end up in the landfill. This is one of those type of projects. A few weeks back I found this beautiful maxi crinkled skirt at a garage sale. The asking price was $2, which I though was fair. But I’ve found in the past with these skirts, that often the elastic in the waist has gone bad. I checked this skirt, and sure enough, the elastic was shot. So I pointed it out to the seller and asked if they would take less. Ended up bringing the skirt home for $0.25. My original thought was to just put in new elastic, but let it roll around in my brain for a few weeks and was inspired to make a dress out of it instead. For this really cute and simple Maxi T-Shirt Dress, you will need the following:

  • A long skirt (maxi skirt) – you want a long skirt here if you want to make a maxi dress. This skirt was originally about ankle length.
  • a matching t-shirt that fits you (for the best look, choose one that is a bit clingy).  You can also use a tank top, but I chose a t-shirt for modesty.
  • sewing machine
  • basic sewing supplies

First of all you are going to want to cut off some of the shirt.

What I did was to measure a dress with an empire waist to get how long I wanted it and added half and inch for the seam.  For me, this was 16-1/2 inched from the seam in the shoulder of the t-shirt.    I marked the length and then prepared to cut.

I marked the length with chalk and then used my rotary cutter and ruler to cut off the bottom of the shirt.

Now that the t-shirt is the right length, I needed to cut off the waist band of the skirt.

Now you are ready to assemble the skirt.  This goes quickly and you can easily make a dress in under an hour!  That’s always a nice bonus!

Now you just need to gather the skirt onto the bottom of the t-shirt.  There are lots of different ways of doing this, use your favorite.  But for me I like gathers best when I pin the gather evenly onto the skirt.  I get a much nicer finish this way as I am terrible at gathering any other way.

Sew the skirt to the bottom of the t-shirt using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Ta-da!  You’re done and now have a CUTE new dress to wear!  What I love best about this dress is that it cost me under $5 to make AND it’s cool and comfortable in this Texas summer heat!

This dress also came together really quickly that I was able to wear it to church the next day.  Seriously, it took under an hour start to finish.

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