T-Shirt Maxi Dress

Oh the weather outside is...WARMING UP! For me that means back to sewing fun summer/fall dresses and skirts. For as much as I've sewn in the last year I've come to realize those are my favorite things to make so far.

Recently I came across a tutorial on one of my favorite bloggers websites. She created a t-shirt maxi dress. So essentially its a t-shirt from your closet attached to a maxi skirt. In my case I had a favorite white Gap t-shirt that had some small stain at the bottom of the hem which was perfect for this dress! Then I had a large amount of black knit jersey material that I had purchased a while ago at the last sale from JoAnn Fabric.

Click on the picture for her tutorial

Here are the simple steps:

1. Choose your t-shirt you want to use. I would suggest one that isn't super fitted. Then cut the shirt 3 or 4 inches from the hem or even more depending on how long your shirt is. I just put the shirt on me and put a pin a few inches below where I wanted the skirt to sit.

2. Cut the jersey material. I used the exact measurements from MerricsArt tutorial, but it ended up being to long for me so I had to trim a few inches off before hemming  So just measure the length from your waist to your feet then add a few inches for the hems. Also you don't have to but I also made POCKETS for this skirt!! Check out the pocket tutorial here. It rocks and its another great blog that I follow!!

3. Once you have it cut sew the pieces together or I HIGHLY recommend serging the skirt together if you have access to one.

4. Sew the t-shirt to the skirt. I had to gather my skirt a little bit first (by sewing a long stitch and pulling) because it was wider than the base of my t-shirt. Then sew another stitch a little bit away from your first stitch so that you have room to insert the elastic band. Be sure to leave a space somewhere so you can insert the elastic.

5. Insert the elastic band into the skirt slot (between the stitches that you just created). I used a similar size to the one she used in her tutorial. I wrapped the elastic around my waist and then pulled it tight (not too tight) so that I could feel how tight it would be on me. Then you cut it to that length, put a pin in one of the ends and feed it through. Once its all the way fed through you sew the ends together and close the hole between your stitches.

**Step 5 is probably the part that I would change. If I create another one of these I would make the skirt with the elastic band, then once I have that I would sew the t-shirt to the skirt.**

6. Hem the skirt and you are DONE!

Here is my final product. Super comfortable and awesome.

One of my biggest pet peeves with maxi skirts is your t-shirt moving or bunching up under your skirt at the waistband...well this dress DOES NOT do that! It rocks.

Until next time


  1. Love love love that you are getting into the creative part of sewing. You go girl. I wish you guys would end up in or around Moweaqua. We could have a ball sewing and creating together.

    1. Thanks! Who knows where we will end up in a year or so.

  2. This dress is super cute, and perfect for hot summer days!

    I also wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. : ) I enjoy reading your blog and wanted to say thanks for sharing your crafty adventures with all of us. To receive the award, just go to the post where I've nominated you (http://allspiceabounds.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/a-blogging-award-how-sweet/), and if you'd like, follow the "rules" to nominate other blogs. Congrats!