How to make a strapless t-shirt dress

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How to make a strapless t-shirt dress
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Turning a T-shirt into a strapless dress is a quick and simple process. If you cut the sleeves and the collar off the shirt, you are left with a rectangular piece of fabric that already has seams and a hem. All you need is an elastic band to hold the dress up. Make sure the T-shirt is large enough to hang just above your knees or to whatever length you prefer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Extra-large T-shirt
  • Piece of elastic long enough to circle your body just below your armpits and just above your chest
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Cut the sleeves including their seams off the T-shirt. Cut off the collar and top of the T-shirt, leaving as much of the T-shirt in tact as possible. You should be left with a rectangular piece of fabric, except for the slight curves left behind by the sleeves.

  2. 2

    Cut one of the detached sleeves along its remaining seam. Open the sleeve to form a rectangle of material. Repeat for the other sleeve.

  3. 3

    Sew the ends of the two sleeves together to form a long band that can wrap around your body just above your chest.

  4. 4

    Sew up the sides of the T-shirt where the sleeves used to be. Taper the seam as you stitch from the top of the T-shirt to the end of the arm hole to avoid puckers.

  5. 5

    Place the band of fabric made from the sleeves around the top of the inside of the T-shirt. Line up the top edge of the band with the top edge of the T-shirt and sew them together.

  6. 6

    Pull the attached band of material up and over the outside of the dress so it resembles a ruffle.

  7. 7

    Stitch a line parallel to the top fold of the dress to create a channel that is wide enough to accommodate the width of the elastic. Stop stitching about 1/2 inch from the place where you started.

  8. 8

    Thread the elastic through the channel. Knot the ends of the elastic together.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a belt to gather the dress at the waist.

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