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Easily convert an oversized T-shirt into a dress!

Updated on August 2, 2013

Before and After


What do you need?

You need

1. a pair of scissors

2. either a sewing machine, or a hand sewing kit (needle and thread)

3. an oversized T-shirt (preferably made of T-shirt knit because it is easier to work with, the shirt can be long or short sleeve, it doesn't matter)

4. a dress that is properly fit to your size (for use as model only)

Do you have an oversized T-shirt?

I don't know about you, but every time I go to an event, and they give out free T-shirt, I always get a size XL or XXL... And guess what, I'm a size XS. So I end up with several oversized T-shirts, stuffed in the closet for years.

Well today I was going through my closet, and realized that my sleep wear is worn out, and I would like to get some new night dresses. So I made some using the oversized T-shirts. Realizing how much fun and how easy it is, I would like to share the experience in this hub, so you can all convert your oversized T-shirts into sleepwear, or dresses.


Follow the steps below.

Step 1

Find an oversized T-shirt.

Step 2

Turn it inside out, and lay flat.

Step 3

Find a dress that is properly fitted to your size, and lay it flat against the big T-shirt. The shoulders should line up. The collars do not have to line up perfectly. It is important to ensure that there is at least half an inch of free T-shirt space around the fitted dress, because we need that for seam sewing. You do not need the extra half inch around the collar or shoulders though because we will not sew those.

Step 4

Fold the T-shirt in half, and your fitted dress also in half. Make sure everything is flat, especially the T-shirt. For the collars, both front collars should be facing you. Zoom into the picture to see what I mean.

Step 5

Cut the T-shirt, following the shape of the fitted dress, by leaving half an inch of extra space around the sides and sleeves. Be careful not to cut your well fitted dress!!!

Step 6

Sew around the sides and underarms only, be careful not to sew the sleeves close! You have half an inch of seam so sew near that half-inch target. Since the T-shirt is already inside out, you can sew directly as is. If you need to pin it down before sewing, you may do that. After you finish sewing, turn the shirt right side out, and you have a new dress!

Step 7

This is optional, you may sew the sleeves to finish them nicely, or you may just leave them cut but unsewn, it is totally up to you. In my case, I sewed the sleeves with the half inch seam. If you want, you can also use this opportunity to sew a ribbon around the sleeves just to make the dress look nicer. In that case, the ribbon can be sewn close (like a loop around the sleeve) or it can be sewn open (to allow you to tie a bow on top of the shoulder, on each sleeve, try it, it is very cute!).

Final product

Now, you have 2 dresses instead of one!!


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      G Lendez 

      7 years ago

      I just completed a costume from your steps!!! AWESOME & THANKS! ;)

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      Lady Summerset 

      8 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Brooklyne, what a fabulous idea! When I read your title, I said "she's got to be kidding!" LOL! Love, love, love, this idea!


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