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Sunday, June 23, 2013

One Shoulder Tee-shirt Dress, DIY

This dress is an idea I thought would be cute and easy to make for summer.  
Made out of two T- shirts, you can dress it up for a fun night out or 
dress it down for a day of shopping or a stroll on the beach.
Very similar to the off the shoulder dress I did for Brassy Apple HERE 
but with a twist.

Things you need.
  1. 2  T-shirts *I used a Large for the top and an Extra Large for the bottom.
  2. Scissors
  3. Sewing Machine
  4. Large Safety Pin
  5. Straight pins
  6. 4 studs * Hobby Lobby in the leather section.

 First, I measured my top shirt with a dress I already have,
 to where I was going to put the tying part.
Then I marked it.
 I cut the  at my markings.

#2  shirt, 
I cut right under the arms( this will be the bottom part of my dress)

Put the right sides of both shirts  together.
Pin them with your straight pins.
 Sew about 1 inch above  where they meet.
Then turn the bottom part right side out,
and sew an inch below where you sewed your first line.
This will be the channel where the tie will go through.
Cut a small slit in the center of your channel.
 From the scrap part of the shirt that you have left over,
 cut an inch wide strip.
 Stretch it out to make a rope.
Attach the end of the string to a large safety pin,
 then weave it through the slit all the way around the shirt.

 Now for the one shoulder look.

Mark a diagonal line from under one arm to the top of the other shoulder.
cut on your line.
Hem a 1 inch hem around the place where you cut.
*You want to leave an inch channel so you can weave a knit string through it.

out of your scrap material, cut a one inch strip.
 stretch it to make a knit string.
Make a small slit at the top of your shirt,
attach your knit string to a large safety pin and thread your knit string through the channel.
You could Dress it up even more by adding a pretty sheer ribbon or a sequin ribbon instead of a knit string.

 Now you can tie it up as tight or as loose as you want.

I can not wait to wear this out with some cute strappy sandals.
Happy Sunday Everyone!
I am sorry my blog has been so quite this past week,
 but I went on a spur of the moment trip to see my niece in Jacksonville.
I have made a promise to myself to take opportunities when they are placed in front of me.
Lots of <3,


  1. Your creations always amaze me! You have creativity overflowing!

  2. I LOVE this...but I can't sew!!!

    1. I am not the best seamstress, as a mater of fact i am just very basic at sewing. Sewing a straight line is my favorite. there are so many you tube videos out there you could learn to sew in no time.:)

  3. This is so awesome. I just need one more shirt. I wonder if i could use 2 different coloured shirts?

    1. Sure it would be a color blocked T-dress :) I would put the darker color on the bottom.

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  5. Gorgeous and creative! love you ambition, its inspiring!
    mens or womens tshirts?

    1. Thank you so much Michelle, I used Mens T-shirts on this project.

  6. Do i use a size up from my normal t-shirt size? thanks!

  7. I LOVE your ideas!!! I see a shawl-type cover at the top of the page (4th picture) that I would love to make! Where do I find a tutorial or directions???
    Thanks, Jen

  8. I LOVE your ideas!!! I see a shawl-type cover at the top of the page (4th picture) that I would love to make! Where do I find a tutorial or directions???
    Thanks, Jen

  9. I just finished my own version of this dress from two shirts in my hubbies "throw away-pile"
    I'm so excited, it looks stunning!
    I made my little ropes from contrasting coloured scraps I had lying around. Gives a noce accent
    Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  11. i loved it!

    What kind of t-shirt fabric did you use, cotton? i'm kinda wondering wether it will works on polo shirt or no..

    I have a lot of polo shirt (from goodiebag or from events, with logo or words) that too large for me to wear, but I can't get rid of them because i think i can use it somehow..

    Have you tried to makeover polo shirt before? Thank youuu.. xD

    1. Hello there Ajeng,
      No I have not tried to make over a polo shirt I used two hanes t-shirts on this project but you could probably use cotton- poly blend as well. Knit material just wears and hangs well and is inexpensive, that's why I use it:) Have a wonderful day
      <3 Anne

    2. I'm very interested with this no-sew project because i can't sew and I'm don't really understand fabric. But I think I have some knit material shirt somewhere.

      Your works are really inspiring. I'll let you know if finally I have made one.. maybe I'll start with no-sew vest. Ooh, I really like it. <3

      Have a wonderful day.. :D

  12. Anne, I've just discovered your site and I'm loving it! You're an inspiration! I'm going to make this one shoulder tshirt dress dress tonight so that I can wear it to my uncle & aunt's 50th wedding anniversary party on Sunday. Thank you, you're awesome! :)

    1. Thank you so much Maybo.:) I would love to see when your done.

  13. Working on my Spring/Summer wardrobe with your wonderful ideas have really helped my Winter blues. Thanks so much for inspiring an old hobby. Made this dress tonight. I also have done a few skirts and halter tops using old t-shirts. Thanks again!

    1. Thank you so much Adriane, Have a wonderful night and a fabulous Christmas:)

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