Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Upcycled Toddler T-Shirt Dress

I was introduced to a FABULOUS toddler t-shirt dress a few weeks ago, and I couldn't get the tutorial out of my head. Cheri put it together from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar. You can find the tutorial here.

This is my version:

Cheri actually handpainted some of the t-shirt material that she used. I knew I had some fun old shirts that I hadn't worn in a while, so I grabbed them and got started. I made two dresses in under two hours, using a turtleneck as the top for one and a long-sleeve t-shirt top for the other. The strips all came from the same shirts.

When I finished the dress for my daughter (the other is for a friend's daughter) I asked her to model it for me. From the start the shoot was not going well. My model was being camera shy:

Here you can at least see how the dress falls:

My model was getting delirious at this point. I think its funny that it looks like her tights match her sheet.

Awww . . . this is better!

Here is the finished dress. In Cheri's tutorial she sews the strips wrong sides together to have the horizontal seams show. I did this on the first dress, but sort of forgot on Ella's.

I showed the dress to my husband and he said he recognized the strips in the dress right away! Notice that the last strip is actually from the bottom of a shirt so that you don't have to hem the dress!

Here is the one I made for my little friend Mary Larkin, complete with the now-famous ruffle pin that her mother made:

Here is a close-up of the shirt fabrics, which came from:

Old Navy
Old Navy

And isn't the twirly turtleneck so sweet with the ruffle pin?

Thanks for the great tutorial Cheri! I will definitely be making more of these in the future. To see my other two upcycled dresses, visit these links:

Ruffle Dress / Tunic Tutorial

Upcycled T-shirt to Toddler Dress Tutorial

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  1. Thanks for commenting on my blog!! I love your creations! They are inspiring. :)

  2. way too cute! :)

    I love her hair by the way!

  3. Oh! I'm going back to ME for the New Years (ish)
    I'll have to pop over to see your dad's new shop I think! :D

  4. Thanks Jewels! I love my new friends. :-)

    Woot Flygirl! Yes, go and see his space!

  5. Super cute! I love how you reused old T-Shirts. And your daughter is sucha cutie!

  6. Thanks Rachelle--I am in love with these dresses and am contemplating making some kind of tunic for myself for over leggings. We'll see.


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