I broke into my stash of mens shirts again.
This time I used these two regular old mens XL cotton t-shirts.
I used this Very Easy Vogue Pattern V8571.
I have worked with this pattern once before to make this cute blue dress.
I started by cutting off the sleeves of the shirt. I used the green shirt for the bodice and the black shirt for the skirt. I took the pattern pieces, laid them on the shirt, pinned them, and cut them as I would a regular piece of fabric.
For the skirt, I cut off the sleeves of the black shirt. Folded the shirt in half and cut. There wasn't enough width across the bottom, so I had to taper the skirt in a bit from the original pattern.
I ended up with two of these pieces for the skirt. I left the bottom hem of the original t-shirt in tact, to save me a step down the line.
Sewed it all together with my awesome serger (mostly) and voila ... here is my new comfy dress!
Overall this is a really great pattern to work with. After using the t-shirts as fabric I know for sure I will make more dresses like this. I love the one I made from blue organic hemp fabric. Depending on the fabric, the dress can be on the fancy side or on the casual side. The only trouble I had with it was the collar. I sewed it on backward. I need to slow down at that part and really read the directions next time because that was a huge pain to fix.
I see more t-shirts turning into dresses like this in the future.