Grace says: This can be a little bit fiddly in parts, but it’s probably the simplest dress you’ll ever make! Pair a plain t-shirt or vest with a patterned fabric in complementary colours for maximum effect.
Katy says: I love making this dress for my little girl – she has several of them in various pretty fabrics! I kept the skirt long for her, because she has a habit of outgrowing them faster than I can make them, but with a longer line t-shirt and shorter skirt this could be a really cute tunic to wear over leggings or skinny jeans too.
Dropwaisted T-Shirt Dress
Plain jersey t-shirt
What to do:
Measure your waist and the length from your waist to your knee
Measure out your ironed fabric so you have a rectangle twice as long as your waist measurement, and as wide as your waist to knee measurement.
Sew a zig zag stitch all around the edges of your fabric to prevent fraying
Fold in half, right sides together, and sew a 1cm seam along the short side, to give you a wide tube of fabric.
Sew a gathering stitch around the top of the skirt, around 1cm in. Pull the threads to gather the skirt together, until it has almost halved in size.
Slide your tshirt inside your skirt upside down, so that the right sides are together and the bottom of the tshirt is lined up with the top of the skirt.
Pin in place, first at the seam, then opposite it, then splitting the skirt into quarters, then eighths. You may need to adjust the gathers to fit the tshirt.
Stitch together, making sure that the skirt and top are lined up all the way around.
Trim any loose threads and turn the right way around.
Try on to check the fit, then hem to the desired length.