Friday, August 30, 2013

Gameday dress

Now, last but not least, the gameday dress as seen on Sally's Shabby Chic.
You will need:

  • a tshirt
  • 1 1/2 yards of fabric 
  • ribbon or wide belt
  • scissors
  • pins
  • chalk or marker
  • yardstick
Step 1
Put your tshirt on and mark your waist. Lay the shirt out and use a yardstick to mark a line 1/2 an inch below your waistline. Fearlessly cut your shirt along this line. It's for the better, I promise.

Step 2 
Lay your skirt fabric out with the wrong sides out, the right sides together facing each other. There are two ways to determine the skirt measurments. The easiest is to lay one of your skirts on top of you fabric and outline it 1/2 an inch bigger than your skirt. Don't make the waist small, it has to go on over your head. Just make your outline straight up from the biggest part of the skirt, also known as, the hips. 
The Math
If you don't have a skirt to use as a pattern, here is a simple way to determine the size of your skirt.
Hip measurement divided by 2 + 5 . So if your hips are 36 inches, that would be 36/2=18 + 5 = 23.
Each skirt piece needs to be 23 inches wide by roughly 21 inches long (this varies according to your height)
Make your front and back skirt pieces rectangles measuring  23 in. wide and 21 in. long.

Step 3
Cut your skirt out and sew your sides using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Step 4
Now it is time to attach the shirt to the skirt. Laying this out can be a bit confusing, but I guarantee you this is right. With your skirt still inside out and the shirt right side out put the tee down inside the skirt.

If you could see an X-ray, the shirt would look like this inside the skirt

Step 5
Match up the sides of the shirt and skirt and pin. Do the same to the middle of the front and back. Then pin half way between the 4 pins you already placed

Step 6
Take it to the machine and sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. It is easier if you take the accessory box off when you sew in circles. I've never seen a machine that doesn't do this, so yours probably has this feature. 

Step 7
Almost done! Just the bottom hem left. Now with your dress inside out, turn up bottom 1/2 and inch and iron. Do this one more time to hide the raw edge.

Step 8
Sew that up and your dress is complete! Congrats. Now just add a belt or ribbon and you are ready to show your team spirit in style. This also looks cute if your convert the shirt to a tube top before you get started. See tutorial below. 

Would you like some help with your dress or maybe you want to bring your girlfriends in for a fun afternoon. email me at and we can set up a time. Feel free to bring food and drinks and make a party out of it.

Hope to see you!

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