I made this tshirt dress a week or two ago. A lovely friend gave me some fabric scraps, so I searched for inspiration on the net and found this cute little dress. Hers is probably tons better than my attempt, but I’m pleased with the way this turned out and my daughter loves it. Win! (or as Charlie Sheen would say… Winning!)
I cut three lengths of fabric about 4 inches deep and twice the length around my little one’s hips. I also cut off the bottom of an old gray tshirt to sew the ruffles to. This will be what you actually attach to the tshirt as a skirt. I then sewed a straight line down the strips of fabric with my machine set on the longest stitch. To make it ruffle, you grab one of the two threads (as you see below) and pull it, working with the fabric as it gathers, making sure to gather evenly.
I used one of the edging stitches to hem the edges of the ruffles. you could cut them large enough to actually hem, but I ended up really liking this stitch. It made the ruffles kind of curl up a bit, which I thought was cute :)
Next you will begin to pin each ruffle onto the tube/skirt you made or cut from an old tshirt. You will pin each ruffle down and sew right over the top of it. Move on to the next ruffle until each is sewn in place. Again, simple straight stitch.
I then pinned the entire skirt to the bottom of the tshirt. I folded down an easy hem and made two rows of top stitching. (sorry I have no photo for that….eek!) Anyway, here are the results!