T-shirt with ruffles … Sewing Tutorial.

Totally inspired by Vivian’s last winter favorite dress I decided to make our own for this fall season since she’s still in love with ruffles. And as I was going to start I thought about a tutorial.. I LOVE tutorials.. after the few sewing classes that I took at the beginning of the year, I’ve learned the most from tutorials over the internet.. I figured maybe somebody can benefit from this one.. It’s a very easy dress and it’d be a great first dress for somebody that it’s just starting in the world of sewing. So here I go.

You’ll need:

* sewing materials

* t-shirt

* fabric

I found the super cool t-shirt from Target and I bought some double gauze from etsy (another cool place for double gauze is THIS lady). I LOVE to sew with double gauze because it’s light and soft for little ones. Sorry sucky pictures but I used my iPhone.. I guess next time I need to get the big camera out.

First I put the t-shirt on Vivian so I could measure what size of dress I was going to make.

Once I decided what size I was going to make I cut my pieces to get them ready to sew. First I cut the t-shirt to the length I measured on her. it’s a long shirt so I cut it to her hips level.


Then I cut the “skirt”. I measure about 1.5in from each side of the shirt and around 3 in less than the total length (her knees). I decided 3in is a good size for ruffles that’s why I cut 3 in less in length.  Here is where you’d have to decide what sizes you’ll be cutting your skirt and your ruffles. I decided to put 3 ruffles, since the length that I’m adding is about 9in each ruffle will be around 3 in. You have to add 0.5 – 1 in more for the hem and to add it to the skirt.

I then cut 6 rectangles.. around 3.5in by twice the width of the t-shirt. I hope I’m making sense and that the pictures are helping me with this.

And those are all my cuts. Now  to the sewing machine we go. Start by sewing each 2 rectangles RIGHT SIDES together. After that do the hem in one of the raw edges. If you don’t have a serger just press 1/4in and then again (so the raw edges are inside).

Sew RIGHT SIDES together of the skirt too.

We are ready now to create the ruffles. Sew a basting stitch 1/4” down from the top of the edge (the raw side) and gather to the skirt width. If you are not familiar with gathering click HERE for an easy tutorial. Pin to the skirt and sew Right sides together.

Once you are done it should look like this.

Take another ruffle, measure where in the skirt you want to attach it. I mark with a pin where to sew it, it has to just cover the top of the bottom ruffle.

Put the ruffle upside down and right sides together.. gather and pin.

Once you are done your skirt should look like this.

time to add the last ruffle.. gather and pin making sure that the ruffle covers a little bit of the top of the middle ruffle.  Sew in place.

Now we are going to attach it to the t-shirt. Turn your skirt inside out and put the t-shirt inside. Making sure the bottom of the t-shirt aligns with the top of the skirt.

Pin in place and sew.

And that’s it! Adorable t-shirt dress is ready!

The possibilities are endless! more ruffles, less ruffles, cut the t-shirt at chest level or waist level for different looks. Go make your own!!..

My little one love it of course.. 🙂

Kelly - August 24, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Well done! Clear instructions and pictures! And a darling model!

Casey - August 25, 2014 - 3:34 pm

That is beautiful & a great way to upcycle. Love it!

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