Whenever I’m feeling uninspired I always start with a t-shirt. Today, that t-shirt transformed into this adorable little DIY babydoll dress.
Chances are, you have a few too many old t-shirts floating around too. T-shirts make the perfect launching pad for sooo many refashion projects! On Creative Fashion Blog, we have used them to create woven back details, turn them into no sew dresses, and even an asymmetrical ruffle top – one of my most popular tutorials so far.
But back to this DIY babydoll dress – isn’t it just sooooo cute!
By using a t-shirt as the top and just adding a simple chiffon skirt, you save a ton of time and can bust this project out in less than 2 hours. When I started this DIY babydoll dress, I planned on making it into a floor-length maxi dress. Sadly, when I put it on, I felt 6 months pregnant so cut the bottom off. Now it’s a sexy little dress I’ll pair with boots and the thigh high stockings we made last fall.
Part of the fun in creating your own clothes is being able to pivot mid-project and make it your own right?
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- An old t-shirt. Mine was similar to this
- Basic Sewing Machine
- 1 Yard of Solid Chiffon Fabric
- 1 Yard Matching Jersey Knit Fabric
- Basic Sewing Kit – This one is a great deal!
How To Make A DIY Babydoll Dress
- Start out by laying 1 yard of chiffon fabric out on a table. Since the fabric we’ll be using is sheer and the seam will be visible from the outside of the dress, we’ll be making a french seam. To do this, fold your fabric in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together.
- Straight stitch the raw edge to make a tube using a 5/8″ seam allowance.
- Trim the seam allowance in half.
- Iron your seam allowance open. This step is important because it brings the seam forward to create a finished edge and makes it possible to do step 5.
- Flip your fabric so the right sides are together and pin your new seam. Iron it again so everything lays flat.
- Sew another straight stitch down the length of your fabric 1/4″ away from the edge.
- When you are done, your raw edge should be fully encased in your seam and look finished from both the inside and the outside. hem the length of your chiffon using whatever method you prefer.
- Take your 1 yard of knit lining fabric and sew it lengthwise together. Hem, then slide your lining fabric inside your chiffon tube.
- Pleat the fabric all the way around and pin into place. Be sure to measure and be sure you aren’t making the opening of your waist too small to fit your t-shirt! Stay-stitch your pleats into place using a wide straight stitch on your sewing machine.
- Slide the skirt portion into your DIY babydoll dress into the top of your t-shirt. make sure the right sides are all facing each other and pin into place.
- Sew around the outside to attach them together and complete your dress!
I hope you guys liked this little tutorial and yours turned out great! I think this little dress makes the perfect fall transition piece because it’s perfect for layering over tights, boots, warm jackets and scarves. The fitted top make it less bulky overall but you can still see the pretty little skirt with any outfit.
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