Secrets Schemes & Sewing Machines

Sewing through the Story: Dropwaisted T-Shirt Dress

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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


Patterned fabric

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stitch together, making sure that the skirt and top are lined up all the way around.

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Trim any loose threads and turn the right way around.

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Try on to check the fit, then hem to the desired length.

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