When I ordered my Wonder Woman shirt for Annabel’s birthday party, the company sent me the wrong size. They immediately sent me a new one, but told me I could keep the old one. “Do something fun with it,” the guy on the phone told me. It was too small for me, but too big for Annabel. But, I still put it on her as a joke and realized that with a few simple alterations, I could change it into a cute dress for her. The whole switch look about ten minutes because I utilized the existing hem and neckline (SO much easier!). I have a ton of old t-shirts that I’ve been holding onto for nostalgia reasons, so Annie is going to be getting some cool vintage t-shirt dresses this summer.
Adult T-shirt (knits are best because they don’t unravel)
Fabric scissors or rotary cutter
Fabric marking pen/pencil
First, try your shirt on you intended recipient so you can get a sense of how the shirt hangs, and make sure it’s long enough.
Fold your shirt in half, lining up the sleeves and seams.
Cut off the sleeves and the side hems. The shirt should only be attached up at the shoulders.
Turn the shirt inside-out and put it on your girl. Pin the sides so the dress has your desired shape. I wanted Annie’s to be fitted on top and flare on the bottom. If I’d made this dress with one of my bigger t-shirts I would have had a lot more material to make a flared/spinny skirt, but this shirt still had plenty to work with.
I pinned it pretty far in at her waist to really emphasize the skirt. Once I took the dress off of her, I grabbed my fabric pencil and, using the pins for guidance, drew a line on the fabric to use as a sewing guide.
Hand or machine-sew the sides of the dress, then cut off any excess fabric.
I wanted the sleeve straps to be neater, so I folded them in and hemmed them. If you’re working with a jersey knit and don’t feel like doing more sewing, you can simply cut the straps because jersey doesn’t unravel (although, it does roll a bit, so take that into consideration).
She loves the dress, and has worn it multiple times since I made it for her.
She also insists on wearing it with a cape, because Wonder Woman. Duh.
Any questions, let me know. Have fun!