My next efforts were based off of three t-shirts that Abigail already had that fit her. I simply added a tube of material, cut from another t-shirt, to the bottom to make them little dresses. Each dress is slightly different though they are all built on the same construction principle.
This skirt is the least gathered. It was constructed from a shirt of my eldest daughters that was too short for her to wear any longer. I was able to stretch the t-shirt to its max girth to match the skirt addition.
The Purple skirt was formerly a plain shirt of mine. It was a very cheap t-shirt that had absolutely no shape, so its second life is a drastic improvement. I needed to sew a gathering stitch around the tube before attaching to the top. I'm thinking about adding a purple gathered ruffle around the bottom of the sleeves to make it more co-hesive.
This dress ended up having the most gathering of the bunch. The skirt was the above mentioned maternity shirt that masqueraded as a toddler dress for a single day. The skirt was twice the width of the t-shirt making the skirt much fuller than the others.
I love these simple dresses for so many reasons.
- I don't need to find a coordinating bottom when dressing her in the morning.
- I don't need to find a coordinating bottom when dressing her again a few hours later.
- Only one piece of laundry to wash.
- Only one piece of laundry to fold.
- Only one piece of laundry to put away!
With 15 minutes of time, a $4.00 t-shirt from Target, an old t-shirt and one seam to sew, anyone can fill their little ones closet with cute every day play dresses!