An old XL men’s shirt… the best source of fabric on the planet. Thrift shops don’t know what to do with them anymore… well here’s an idea for you!
I’m super happy this turned out just like I saw it in my head and honestly its a fairly easy sewing project. yay! You wear this two piece dress as a “bra” + skirt *careful to chose a shirt that’s not too thin so it’s not see through* Mine is a little bit on the see through side… I might add some fabric underneath or keep it as a “casual” dress
- a XL shirt
- sewing machine + thread
- wide elastic (your waist size + the width of your back)
- thinner elastic (for the straps)
Start with your shirt that you have ideally ironed (don’t follow my example). Cut the sleeves (keep them!!!) and the top of the shirt. You will use what’S left to make the skirt
Hem the top once you’ve made sure the length if the skirt is ok.
Use a skirt you have as a guide or try it on and pin in place. The idea is to make a kind of “a” shape starting at the top and ending on the sides at the bottom. Leave the top wide enough, you will sew it to the elastic to make it the right size and hold it in place.
Cut the wide elastic about 5 cm shorter than your waist size (where you want the skirt to fall). Make sure it’s tight enough to hold but not too much that it’s uncomfortable.Sew the skirt to the fabric (elastic inside). Pull on the elastic while sewing. Make sure tohave the same length elastic everywhere. I divided my skirt in 4 parts and marked my elastic to make sure each mark corresponded to have an equal amount on pulled elastic all around.
For the “bra” part you will make that with the sleeves (I realize now I didn’t take enough pictures so don’t hesitate to comment if you have questions!)
Start by folding in and sewing the “shoulder” part. Leave a tiny opening at the top.
Try it on (the wide part on the outside boob) and see if you need to fold over the bottom (i took out 3-4 cm)
Sew each sleeve piece to the elastic that will be in your back. Then you can try everything on see how it fits.
Insert the elastic that will be your strap in the tiny hole you left at the top and sew. Then go sew at the right length on the inside of the back elastic.
Just put it on and tie in the front! See how long you want your knot, cut and hem!
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Great DIY! I love the simplicity of this 2 piece dress. Perfect for vacations. I saved this to my Pinterest sewing tutorials! Thank you for your creativity!
Thank you so much for your lovely comments!! ❤️