How to Make a Tee Shirt Dress

by braniac

T-shirt dresses are some of the simplest dresses to make, especially in children's sizes. You can choose a favorite T-shirt from your closet or buy a new one, and the outfits can be dressed up or down according to the occasion. There are several ways to go about making a T-shirt dress. This is a good one to start with, as it doesn't involve cutting your T-shirt.

Items you will need

  • T-shirt
  • 1 3/4 yards of cotton fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
Step 1

If your T-shirt is brand-new, wash it and dry it according to the instructions on the tag. If it is a favorite from your closet just make sure it's clean before you start your project.

Step 2

Measure your hip area at its widest point and multiply that by 2.5 to figure out how much extra fabric you'll need to make a ruffled skirt. Press the cotton fabric smoothly, and if it is in pieces, sew the sides together to make a long tube.

Step 3

Gather one of the long sides of the fabric together and adjust so that the gathers are evenly spaced. Attach this gathered edge to the bottom of your T-shirt using a sewing machine.

Step 4

Hem the bottom edge of the cotton fabric to the desired length and there you have it, one perfect T-shirt dress.


  • You can applique a piece of ruffled fabric to the skirt or make a ribbon or bow to decorate the collar. Don't be afraid to mix fabrics and be creative here. Tier the ruffles for a different effect.