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Holiday Sewing Blog Tour: Easy Holiday T-Shirt Dress

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!  

Holiday Twirly T-shirt sewing Pattern

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 complete 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 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 fit.

I wasn’t feeling the original design anymore, so I opted to cut the top in half and add a full skirt to make a simple T-shirt dress with a knit top and quilting 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 some time in January….

I would love to hear what holiday sewing you have planned, be sure to leave a comment to share…

Come back tomorrow morning to see the cute apron project being shared by Marissa over at Rae Gun Ramblings:

Happy Holiday Sewing!

My favorite fabric shop for knits:  Funkalicious Fabrics .
  1. My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
  2. My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
  3. Rotary Cutter
  4. I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
  5. Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
  6. Ball Point needles
  7. Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
  8. Blind hem foot.
  9. Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!


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