Sunday, June 27, 2010

MYO T-Shirt Dress with Box Pleated Skirt

This is another version of the super easy and super quick T-Shirt dress to make for your little girl.
Step 1 - Buy a T-shirt (great for either summer or winter just choose a t-shirt to suit).
Step 2 - Source some fabric to compliment your T-Shirt - this Size 4 only used 40cm of fabric.
Step 3 - Cut off the hem of your t-shirt.
Step 4 - Measure the bottom of the t-shirt and multiply by three to calculate the length of the skirt strip required. For example, this t-shirt measured 70cm along the bottom, therefore I required an 2.1m long strip of fabric (which means two lengths of 20cm fabric were used from a standard 112cm wide roll).
Step 5 - Sew the two lengths of fabric together along one edge and start your box pleats. My pleats were 7cm wide so I had 10 of them (70cm shirt dimension divided by 7cm pleat). To start simply fold at 3.5cm, then fold in the opposite direction for 7cm, then fold in the opposite direction again under the 7cm piece of fabric for 3.5cm so that the inner folds meet at the back. Iron and sew as you go to make it easier.
Step 6 - Make sure the finished pleated skirt panel matches the dimension of the bottom of the t-shirt. Sew the panel together at the edges and then attach the skirt to the t-shirt.
Step 7 - Hem & you are finished!

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