DIY Knit T-Shirt Dress

I’m loving the animal print trend right now and when I saw this leopard rayon knit from Stylish Fabric I couldn’t wait to make something with it. This fabric has a soft drape to it and it’s not see through! They also have many different colors and prints (rayon jersey). I use this a lot on my knit projects. I had a lot of ideas and this fabric could work for leggings, headbands, skirts, and maxi dresses but ultimately I wanted a t-shirt dress. Something I could wear for the warmer months coming up and pair with a jacket or even as beach dress for an upcoming vacation. I used a simple pattern that has dolman sleeve so it’s quick and easy.  Get the details below and make your own…
  • 2 yds Rayon Jersey Knit
  • T-Shirt Dress pattern or use a large t-shirt and draft the pattern
  • General Sewing Supplies
  • Brother SE1900 Sewing Machine
  • Brother Coverstitch CV3550

Cut out your pattern. I used the pattern above but you can easily draft this pattern with a large t-shirt and just don’t make sleeves. Just be sure to make the sash tie.
 When I cut knits I typically use pattern weights and a rotary cutter. It’s more accurate and much easier than pinning all the pieces.
Flip right sides together and all you do is sew the shoulder seams and side seams. Make sure to sandwich the sash ties between front and back side seams. When sewing with knits I either serge or use a slight zig zag stitch (2.5/2.0) with my sewing machine.
I did add neck binding to finish the collar and you can get that tutorial here.
For the sleeve edges and bottom hem I was excited to try out my new Brother Coverstitch CV3550 machine. It really took the overall finish to a professional level. Now no worries if you don’t have one follow my tips for the finishing knit edges.
***In collaboration with Stylish Fabric.
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Laura's creativity and eye for design is what sets Trash to Couture apart from any other. Laura started sewing and designing her own clothing as a young girl. She even made her Prom and High School Dance dresses. Her sewing teacher created a class for her senior year so she could continue her advanced sewing curriculum. She'd finish the class projects so quickly she had to start bringing clothing from home to use for fabric. After college Laura ran a successful handmade, sustainable clothing brand specializing in custom bridal designs. After having 2 babies back to back she decided to take a break from running the company solo and focus on raising her boys. Realizing sewing and designing were something she missed dearly, she decided to start Trash to Couture. Trash to Couture was created in 2010 to inspire a less wasteful approach to the mass-produced fashion mainstream through DIY tutorials and repurposed fashions. Laura not only is the seamstress, she specializes in designing original content with craft brands. She contributes and designs content for many top craft brands and publications: BERNINA, Altered Couture, Sulky,, Burda Style, to name a few.

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