Making a T-shirt Art Dress

Making new clothes for girls from stinky boy’s shirts is a favorite challenge of mine. Usually I grab t-shirts my boys have outgrown and turn them into fun girly skirts for my pink glitter loving daughter. Today I’m doing something a little different. I was invited to participate in the Summer Of No Pants series with Marigold at Hideous! Stinky! Dreadful!… and I’m so excited to share! Here’s the catch, while my t-shirt skirts for kids are great, Marigold wanted grown up projects.

WHAT!? I need to make something that would fit me??? That’s never happens… I like it, it’s about time!

So today I’m sharing how I made a dress I’ve created using 2 old t-shirts I picked up at the thrift store. I added a collage of dye color and stencil designs, I’m taking this challenge and running with it! Plus (big bonus), the dress actually fits me and I’m excited to wear it!

Make art you can wear - upcycled t-shirt art dress by Jen Goode
Make art you can wear – upcycled t-shirt art dress by Jen Goode

Get ready to get creative and show off your legs, welcome to the Summer of No Pants!

Summer of No Pants 2014
Summer of No Pants 2014


A little head’s up

I’m not going to give you an exact step by step tutorial for this T-shirt dress. However, I will give you enough information to make your own version. I’m hoping this project inspires you to make your own dress with your own personal flair. Experiment with your own art style, add your own personality, be brave and explore what you can create. Today I’ll share techniques and give you some ideas to get started.

Let’s make an art dress!

Materials you need:

  • Cotton t-shirts – adult size at least 1 size larger than your own real size.
  • Fabric dye
  • Spray bottles
  • Stencils – I made my own with freezer paper, scissors and an iron. I also cut some of the designs on my Cricut.
  • Sewing machine
  • Cricut machine – optional

To make your own art dress…
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  1. says

    So really… I want to come and have an art day with you! I love this dress!! I bet I could make a really cute one for the grand baby.. :)

  2. says

    So pretty! I have trouble with thin strappy straps, too. I was looking at braided straps and thinking about adding those to a dress-maybe that would work for you?
    Thanks for joining in on SONP this year!

    • Jen says

      I really like the idea of the braided straps too. Thank you so much for including me this year, I loved participating!