I purchased this shirt from Maurice’s, a clothing store with a great plus-sized line, a little over a year ago to wear during football season. However, since the beginning of this season, I haven’t worn it once. There’s nothing wrong with it. I simply don’t wear shirts like that anymore. So, I’ve had it sitting in my closet since last Winter, with plans to donate it eventually.
The other day I was out at a thrift store picking up materials, when I came across these darling navy blue pants in my daughter’s size. I picked them up, thinking I’d eventually find a way to put an Auburn-ish outfit together for her and use those pants in the outfit. And right there in the thrift store it dawned on me: my shirt! I can make a dress to go over the pants out of my old shirt!
And that’s what I did!
First, I laid the shirt out, and laid one of my daughter’s t-shirts on top of it to get an idea of the size I need to make it. I gave about an inch past the shirt so I’d have room to sew it, AND so she’d have a bit of room to grow.
After tracing half of the shirt, I folded it in half, and cut along the lines I made. After unfolding it, I checked to make sure it was even, and then started pinning.
I sewed the sleeves, collar, and bottom of the dress first, before sewing up the sides. This helped hide the seams and make the dress look relatively even and “clean”.
Sewing with t-shirt material causes the edges to ruffle a bit as they stretch. There are materials you can place while you’re sewing to keep it from happening, but this time I wanted to go with the ruffles because I thought it would soften the look of her dress. And it did! This dress is very basic and very simple. I wasn’t looking for something fancy or blatantly Auburn, just more something she could put on, run around it, and I could easily wash if/when she gets it dirty.
And here it is!
She LOVES this dress. I sewed it at night after she’d already gone to bed, and then hung it on her bedroom door to find when she woke up. As soon as she awoke, I heard her down the hall going, “Ooooooooh!! Is this dress for me??!!” She threw it on, and truth be told, hasn’t taken it off in two days. It’s so light and easy to wear, and because of the way it’s sewn, there aren’t any seams or tags to bother her.
I’m really proud of how the bottom seams turned out. The connection where the edges meet is nearly flawless and that makes me SO happy!
This sleeve isn’t quite so pretty though. The other turned out like the bottom hem, but this sleeve didn’t go quite right. You can see a bit of unevenness there, but it isn’t terribly noticeable, really.
We both love this because it’s stretchy. She can pull at it and play in it and it gives with her, while retaining its form. And the length hits just above her knees, making it easy for her to run in without impeding her movement at all.
And lastly, an action shot of my little girl running with our family dog!
I’m very proud of this dress. It didn’t take long (about an hour, I guess), she can wear it on Game Days around the house, and if it isn’t during football season or on a Saturday, we can still wear it out without having “War Eagle!” and “Auburn” plastered across her body. It’s subtle, comfortable, and upcycled!! I’m so happy with this dress!!!!!