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I’m reposting this blog post Fabulous July 4th Tie Die Dress From Two Men’s White T-Shirts because, for whatever reason, my other blog post is broken — every time I try to update the post, it crashes my web site!  I know I’m not supposed to “reblog” the same post, but since it constantly breaks my web site, I thought I’d make the jump …

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Fabulous July 4th Tie Die Dress From Two Men’s White T-Shirts

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Materials:

I made a 4th of July outfit a few days years ago, but I wasn’t feeling it.  It came out pretty nice, but I felt I could come up with something more festive for our Independence Day.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

So when I found these two plain white t-shirts on sale at the Goodwill the other day, I came up with a flash of inspiration for a refashion.  Since they were on sale, they both cost $1.50.  Tie-Dye, here I come!

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

I wanted to create some swirly designs with the colors, which is the closest that I know to making stars.  So I twisted the fabric around and secured with elastic.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Here’s the final “tie” part.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Since I’m using a small bowl, rather than a large bucket, I picked up something different than I normally use.

Update: I’m trying to go more “natural and organic” in my old age, so I included a natural fiber dye as well as a regular version.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

First part, put in the red. Set the timer for 45 minutes.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Turn it over and then comes the blue.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Totally awesome!!!!!

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

The first part is to make the wrap-like part, so I took out a bra for measurement.  Using underneath the sleeve as a guide for the bra curve, I measured a healthy amount and marked it with my blue marker.  Sorry, it kind of blends in with the blue of the fabric.

Update: If I had to do this over again, I would add about an inch or two on all sides of the bra for more coverage.  So it depends on how “low” you like to go.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Cut it straight across.

Sorry for the blurry picture, everyone!  Since this is an older post, I can’t go back and “redo” my refashions.  But my photography is getting much  better!

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Now, I took off the sleeves just inside the sleeve hem.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Cut the top apart.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

And now, the sides.  This will create a front piece and a back piece.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Using my bra as a guide again, I made a mark to where the top of it would be.  As I later found out, you want to be pretty generous with this.  I “made” it at the final dress product, but I could have given myself another half of an inch to two inches.  So, be generous with your seam allowance.  If I had to do it over again, I would say at least two and a half inches from the bra top.  (Here is more like an inch and a half.)

Update: Please be very generous with this!  You can’t undo!

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Next, fold the front part in half, and cut from the mark you just made to the center of the fold.

Update: See how it makes a triangle? 🙂

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Then, measure to your bra.  You will need to hold it up to your chest several times to get it correct.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Now I sewed some bias tape to the edges, starting with the outside curve.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

And now the inside triangle.  Make sure to keep a long tail for the dress strings.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Cut the top off of the back piece just above the curve of the sleeve.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

And measure the front pieces to the back piece to make them the same width and height.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Making a lettuce hem, use the markings on the back as a guide.  You can’t really see it, but I put a postie note on the right hand side of my machine to make a guide line for the sewing machine.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Cut out the back at the blue markings.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

And cut the lettuce hem off …

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Turn material inside out (the outsides, or the good sides facing together).  Be sure to line the lettuce hem up with the bias tape.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Sew them together.

 

Using the other top, I made a rectangle using most of the t-shirt.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionistaMake this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Turned the sides inside out and sewed them together.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

I now cut a piece of elastic right underneath my breast, just slightly smaller.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Sewed the ends together.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

And then I sewed the two parts of the dress (the wrap-top part and the rectangle-bottom part) onto opposite ends of the elastic.  Make sure that the right sides face each other, or in other words, inside out.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

I attached it in a similar manner that I attached the elastic to make a skirt top.  This elastic was smaller in width than the one I use for skirts.  Be sure to streeeeeeeetch the material on the one side being fed into the machine, but not the other.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Unfortunately, I didn’t make my bias tape long enough to go to the back. 🙁  So I enlisted the help of my husband, who marked the back of the dress for me at my bra straps, and then I sewed on another long piece to make a tie.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

I didn’t like the hem of the bottom of the t-shirt, but if you want to stop that this point, it is perfectly hemmed.  I cut it off and made a lettuce hem on the bottom, too, because t-shirt material often has an annoying way of stretching out when you wear it.

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

One final piece, I sewed along the back-top with an elastic thread, so that it made it elastic-y, since I was not entirely happy with the way the lettuce hem worked out there.

Final:

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionistas

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionista

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionistas

Make this July 4th Tie Die Dress from two plain white men's t-shirts! Full DIY sewing step-by-step tutorial. #recycle #upcycle #refashionistas

You can wear these with some super cute white flip flops:

Women's Bendable Flip Flops - White


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Would you wear this refashioned tie-dye dress on the Fourth of July Day?


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