Cute Girl Dress Made from T-shirts!
Welcome everyone to Week Seven of my Ten Week T-Shirt Challenge. This week I am sharing how I used a very easy Butterick pattern (B5585) to create a cute One of a Kind summer dress using recycled T-shirts and clothes for your One of a Kind Baby Girl!
One thing Gayla and I love to do is is pick out fabric! We search up and down aisles and in clearance bins to find that “just right” fabric combination. We can easily spend two hours or more when on a “hunt”! So when I decided I wanted to make this dress I “shopped” in my own fabric store…meaning my T-Shirt stash, since I consider T-Shirts as another form of fabric!
I know you can’t tell it by the picture but I have my “Fabric Shop” organized in sections:
- Prints – T-shirts with great images on them
- Solids – T-shirts that I use for color only.
- Coordinating fabric – which includes mostly cotton recycled clothes. Along with searching constantly for great T-Shirts at every thrift store I can find, I also am on the lookout for plaids, polka dots and other pattens that will coordinate with my T-shirts. Men’s plaid shirts are my favorite because they yield a lot of fabric, the plaid combo’s are crazy AND there are a zillion of them out there!
I start with finding my inspiration T-shirt first, it sets the stage for the other fabric I choose. For this project I picked a “Betty Boop” t-shirt. I loved, not only the image, but the pink and blue combination. Next, I went to my “men’s section”, where I found a great cotton plaid shirt that coordinated perfectly with my “Betty” fabric. Lastly, I searched for solids that would tie it all together. The end result was this dress!
Using a Serger: The one thing I always try to do with projects is to use my Serger. I think it gives any project a unique look. Plus, when you have to piece fabric together, using a serger makes it appear like it was on purpose! There are not many mistakes that can’t be camouflaged by using a serger. For someone that is NOT a perfectionist like me, this is perfect!
Caution! The one thing you have to watch when using a serger and a standard pattern, is there are times when you need to do the opposite of what the pattern tells you. Specifically, if the pattern directs you to, “place right sides together”, you need to do the opposite and place the wrong sides together! This is so the serger seam shows!
I followed the pattern but used my different recycled items for each pattern piece. The cutting process takes a bit more time, but is totally worth it!
Enjoy creating all your unique projects with T-Shirts and Sergers!
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