How-to: Make a Dress From Two Shirts

dress upcycled from shirts
I wore this green t-shirt for ten years. No lie. I loved it. But it was time to let it go as the neckline was faded and discolored. I couldn’t donate a faded shirt so I’ve been saving it to upcycle it into something else.

Then, my son gave me his plaid shirt to sew a few buttons that were ripped. Ripped! Those college dorm washing machines!! While half listening to his explanation how it happened, I was designing a dress in my head, using both shirts. Yes, I’m sneaky.

This project is so simple. It only took me half an hour and that included taking the pictures. What’s great is this method can be used for girls too with their outgrown shirts!

Let’s make a dress!

You’ll need:

  • 1 T-shirt
  • 1 Button Down Shirt
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors

measure the neckline to cut

First, measure the neckline of the button-down shirt so you can cut the t-shirt’s neckline in the same length. Cut a straight line down the middle of the t-shirt, in the length that you want.

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Written by Karen Lee

Karen lives a simple, frugal, green life and shares her eco tips and news on ecokaren and is a co-founder of Green Sisterhood, a network of community of green women bloggers, making change. When she's not managing Green Sisterhood or blogging on ecokaren, she is a chauffeur to two greenagers, wife to an accidental recycler, master chef to hungry locavores, seamstress, knitter, and dumpster diver, not necessarily in that order.


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