Upcycled T Shirt Dress Tutorial For Valentine’s day!!


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 I’m excited to show you my little girls Valentine’s Day dress I made from a men’s T shirt! It’s so easy and only has four seams to sew. Nice.

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But first I want to thank my fifth grader Lily, who is becoming quite the contributor here on the old blog. You may not know this, but Lily takes all of my photos for me when I make something for myself. However, the other day I needed to take big brother back to the bus station to go back to University and I wasn’t going to have time to take the photos of the Valentine’s day dress I needed. Lily offered to style the photo session for me and take the photos. When I got back I was blown away by how great her photos were! Don’t you agree?  I loved so many of the shots she got!

This dress is a part of a month long series on refashioning going on at House Of Estrela. You should check it out!


T shirt Dress Tutorial Sew Country ChickI love refashioning with T shirts and sweaters. I can buy brand new T shirts at my craft supply store for $3.99 and with the weekly online coupon I use, they end up being only about $ 2.50. They are brand new, and don’t have any yucky smells or stains. But since this is a series about refashioning, which is supposed to help the environment, I would suggest you check your husband’s closet or your giveaway bin first. I didn’t have a red T shirt, so I bought this one with a gift card. You could also just dye a white t shirt. I love dying stuff. It makes me feel like a kid again. I used a men’s size large for this project if you are wondering.T shirt Dress Tutorial Sew Country Chickcloseup

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Gigi loves this type of comfy knit dress. She slept in it last night and is still wearing it!T shirt Dress Tutorial Sew Country ChickfronttshirtsuppliesI used a Martha Stewart stencil I got from the Plaid company when I was working at their booth last week at the Craft & Hobby Association’s annual trade show,  doing make and takes for the new product launch of Mod Podge stencils and Sheer Color which I’ll be blogging about soon.a.  This stencil is a little silk screen, actually.

Now I will try to explain how to make this little dress!

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Happy sewing folks!

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  1. says

    First, I want to say.. Lily is amazing.. What wonderful photography work.. [and she had a beautiful model , with a really pretty dress]
    What a cute idea.. Love the stenciling on the dress ..just sets it off..
    ps — My thoughts are running wild… but , my twin granddaughters are just turning 9.. I am wondering, if I could use two men’s shirts, and where the elastic casing is, add the skirt part from another shirt.. Since ,one shirt , would not be long enough for them?

  2. says

    Oh wow. I’m so impressed with Lily for her superb photography, but also for doing something so nice with her baby sister. Gigi’s gonna remember stuff like that forever:) great kids Justine!

  3. says

    Lily is quite the photographer! Her pictures are better than mine for sure 🙂

    I love the men’s tee shaped neckline on gigi. It’s a really cute look and the dress is adorable.

  4. says

    She just might have a future as a photographer! Awesome job, and awesome dress! Simple but so perfect and comfy in every way.

  5. says

    oh perfect!!! I’ve pinned this to make really soon. It would make a fun birthday present for my niece. I’m loving project Run and PLay! I also linked up this week, a recycled Sweater…Emily@nap-timecreations

  6. Charlene says

    This is the best up cycle idea! Can you offer a bit more instruction on how you hemmed the armhole along the seam line? Thanks!


  1. […] Justine from Sew Country Chick shares a tutorial for making a little girl’s Valentine dress out of a man’s t-shirt.  It has a loose fit bodice, and elastic waist, and a gathered skirt.  She stenciled the word “Love” across the bodice and around the hem to give it a Valentine theme.  For an older girl, I think you could make this work with two matching t-shirts – one for the bodice and one for the skirt.  Her tutorial is part of the Refashion Month series at House of Estrela.  Go to Sew Country Chick for the tute. […]