Easy Holiday T-Shirt Dress
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Sew this simple holiday t-shirt dress! The dress is made with both stretch knit and woven cotton, so it is a perfect outfit to show off your holiday fabrics.
Happy Monday everyone, I’m very excited to be kicking off the Holiday Sewing Tour on my blog this morning! (In case you missed the post the other day, I’m hosting a Holiday Sewing Blog Tour featuring 17 different blog/bloggers. Each day, a different blogger will showcase a fun holiday sewing idea.) At the end of the tour, I will have a link party for everyone (all readers and bloggers) to link up their new holiday sewing projects and will be giving away a new Brother 1034D Serger!
Update!!! The free bodice pattern and tutorial for this dress can be found here!
I’m really good at making lists and planning things, but I have to admit, my follow-through is not necessarily the best…
That’s partly what motivated me to host this Holiday Sewing Blog Tour. I don’t always manage to stick to self-imposed deadlines, but if I’ve committed to someone else, I will definitely deliver and meet the deadline. (originally posted Dec 2013) You can see all of the Holiday tour projects here.
When it came time to decide what to sew, I already knew I would make a girl’s outfit. I had a few ideas (and I still hope to complete at least one of them) but I thought I should stick to the theme of finishing projects and completing one I had started last year.
Yes, it’s true…
I’d cut out the red holiday print fabric to make my little missy a cute Holiday dress and never got it finished! I was using my dropped waist dress pattern and tutorial to make the dress and had even improved the sleeve pattern. (the new version is still not uploaded…)
Thankfully, I’d cut out the top of the dress a size larger with the intention of her being able to wear the dress for another year or two, so it still fits.
After looking over what I had done so far, I wasn’t feeling the original design anymore, so I decided to make a few changes. I cut the long bodice in half and added a full skirt to make a simple T-shirt dress with a knit top and a woven cotton bottom.
I don’t have a full pattern and tutorial for this dress yet, but I love how it turned out and will definitely make another one. Plus, I am learning to work with some new software that will hopefully make it easier to digitize hand-drawn patterns. (Update – find the free pattern and tutorial here.)
The red print knit fabric came from Funkalicious Fabrics and the green chevron print was special from Pick your Plum.
This style dress is easy to make, especially if you’re using a ready-made t-shirt you already have. The skirt width is double the width of the t-shirt, gathered to the same width and sewn to the t-shirt. I’m looking forward to writing up a tutorial for this dress and including a pattern, so look for it sometime in January.
I would love to hear what holiday sewing you have planned, be sure to leave a comment to share…
Happy Holiday Sewing!
- My favorite fabric shop for knits: Funkalicious Fabrics
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Ball Point needles
- Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
- Blind hem foot.
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.
What a cute dress! I love how you pair up the full skirt with cute red top.
Did you get a chance to do a tutorial on this T-shirt dress? I have an idea on how to do it, but it's always good to have ideas/thoughts from someone who has already made one. Thanks. Can't wait to make my granddaughter her "Frozen Elsa" dress.
Hi Denise, i just posted it last week here: https://www.scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com/2014/02/how-to-sew-t-shirt-dress-free-pattern.html
Very cute dress, and the model is so pretty!
Love that dress.. So cute! Thanks for linking up. 🙂
Love the fabric combinations!
Oh I've never purchased fabric with a project in mind then found it years later. lol. I find yards of fabric and wonder what the heck I bought it for. Oh well it's very handy later when I need to make something else. We live out from town where I'd buy fabric so it's nice to have some fabric when another project comes up. I've made alot of things with fabric from other long forgottens.
I've been making holiday table runners and pillow covers, again with fabric I find in my stash. I looked at flannel at fabric stores and decided I'd only make what flannel I had already. Not going to break the bank trying to buy things when I might not get to them. I have to be realistic and I'm still broke lol. I'd better get busy with those projects. Your t-shirt dress is adorable, your daughter looks so pretty in it. Happy week
Such pretty fabric combination. I will make a little toddler one for my Mila. Thanks for sharing.
Oh I love your fabric combination!! I bet you're glad you kept the top around for a whole year! It was destined to be this dress! Awesome job!!
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Gorgeous dress Jamie! I hear you on having lots of ideas but not always following through! Here's to me getting more organized this year!