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I don’t know how we ended up with so darn many white t-shirts (you know, the kind with messages/organizations/events on them?). We’ve been out of college long enough that you’d think that our white-t-shirt-with-a-message stash would be seriously diminished by now, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Perhaps we get them more often than I recall? Perhaps they multiply on their own? Whatever the case may be, there is a sea of white t-shirts in my To Be Refashioned drawer. My goal for the month? Use up some of this plethora of white jersey!
And what better use of soft, white t-shirt-y material than a new (and faster!) version of the J Crew-y ruffle dress?
To simultaneously make a dress for a sweet little girl in your life (our recipient was Burke’s sweet friend Eleanora [“Nowa”]) and make a dent in your white t-shirt refashion pile, you’ll need:
-several white tshirts (I used the blank backs of two men’s L t-shirts for the front and back of the dress and part of another white tshirt to make the lines of ruffles)
-a fabric pen
-a ‘template’ dress in the size you’re hoping to make (for tracing)
-a sewing machine (I took this opportunity to use the fabulous embroidery options on my sewing machine, but this is, of course, optional)
First, follow steps 1-6 of the original J Crew-y ruffle dress to make your base. I added little ribbon belt loops at step 6 to better hold the belt in place on the dress… you can too, if you want.
With your ‘base’ made, cut long strips of 2″ wide white jersey from your tshirt. These will become your ribbon rows. Sew a basting stitch down the middle of the strip, pull on the thread to ruffle, and pin in place on your dress. Stitch a straight line to secure your ruffle rows.
For a 18-24m dress, sew 3 or 4 rows of ruffles. Adjust to meet your preferences and the size of your dress (I sewed rows of ruffles until I hit the belt loops and then stopped so that the belt would fall just under the ruffle-y top).
If your sewing machine has various flower-y embroidery stitches, add floral white-on-white embroidered trim to the bottom of your dress near your hem. I love pretty (and intricate) details, and I love white-on-white, so I’d recommend this little detail if you have the capability.
Make a ruffle belt (see steps 7 and 8 of the original tutorial if you need more detail) to complete the ensemble. Give as a gift (or keep for your daughter!).
Now wasn’t that a terrific use of a pile of white t-shirts?
what a great idea 🙂 come win a lamp and join a party @ http://craftingreallyawesomefreethings.blogspot.com/2010/05/making-
cute!! Love little white dresses.
Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com
L ~DIY Diva~ says
I'd love to have this linked to my weekly link party "Make my Style Mondays"
Hey Kirsten and Jordan!
You gals are very creative, i love the t-shirt dress! I'm featuring it tomorrow for Rave Reviews Wednesday at Sweet Pickles and Chocolate. Please stop by and grab the rave reviews button!
Sweet Pickles and Chocolate
Anne Maskell says
adorable! I found you on show and tell wednesday, and now I'm a follower!
this is too cute
the momma says
So cute! I love little girls in all white in the summer…I think I'll have to give this a try!
Practically Spent says
Wonderful, wonderful. So airy & feminine. True ~ where DO we get all those t-shirts from?
Great project! thanks for linking up on craft schooling sunday, hope to see you again this week!
CUTE! I love ruffles, who doesn't, and I am loving my ruffle food.
Little Lovables says
so cute, what a great idea
Sarah Jane says
great idea! I'm just getting into sewing so I think this will be fun to attempt!
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socute, I love the white ruffles!! Come link it up http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/
This is SO good that I'd love you to add a link back to your tutorial from our blog through out brand new & weekly DIY / CRAFT tutorials LINKY PARTY.
Many more people would love to know your idea! … and be inspired by your beautiful execution. You've done a great job!!