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Making a T-shirt Art Dress

Now that you have added color to your repurposed t-shirts and created art you'd love to wear, it's time start sewing. I'm definitely not a professional sewist, I do not do a ton of sewing. So this project fits right in the same theme.. it is not heavy lifting type sewing. If you don't have a sewing machine, you could even stitch by hand in no time! Let's get started…

Next Make Your Tshirt Art Dress

The dress is composed of two separate tshirts sewn together – a skirt piece and a slight drop waist strapless top.
Both pieces I cut the Tshirt just below the armpits. The skirt is a larger shirt than the top portion. I actually used a shirt that was a loose fit shirt of my own for the top and then a bigger men's Tshirt for the bottom.It's a bit easier for me to show

Make a sundress from t-shirts
Make a sundress from t-shirts


The beauty of this dress style is you can wear it a number of ways. Either finish it to be a stand along skirt or where as a tank dress. The waist can be folded down to wear the skirt alone.. if the waist is too big, use decorative pins to cinch it in place like a broach would be used. You can also wear the skirt a little longer if you'd like.

Sew on fabric strips to add dimension
Sew on fabric strips to add dimension

Use strips of fabric to make the shoulder straps. Use more strips of fabric to sew designs on the dyed art design to add dimension to your art. If you really want to add some interest, consider adding buttons, other fabric embellishments, hand draw with fabric markers and make even use some fabric paint. You can keep your art dress as simple or make it as elaborate as you'd like.

Upcycled t-shirt art dress designed by Jen Goode
Upcycled t-shirt art dress designed by Jen Goode

Inside secret – my dress isn't 100% finished yet. It's finished enough I could wear it today, but for now, I don't love the straps in the photo and I'd never wear the belt… But it's an idea that I love. 20 pounds and 10 years ago I would have worn it as is. But this cute dress sure does look adorable as a basic slight drop waist sundress too. I still need to add the thicker straps I prefer. I'd also like to add more collage pieces to it too, maybe even hand paint something. This is just another example that Art is always an ever changing project… This is wearable art and no exception.

I dare ya – try it! Put your own art on something you can wear, I'd love to hear about it!

Now hop over to Marigold's  and see what else is happening with the Summer Of No Pants !

Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

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6 thoughts on “Making a T-shirt Art Dress”

  1. 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!

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


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