May 6, 2013

Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses

I am excited to be a part of the "Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses" blog tour, featuring finished projects and giveaways from Sweet Seams' latest book. 

The designers at NYC-based Sweet Seams have created a collection of 28 dresses that all start with a simple T-shirt. You can upcycle any T-shirt, maybe even an old favorite that doesn't quite have the same fit anymore or one that's stained near the hem.

I received the book in the mail at the perfect time too, my daughter has been growing like a weed and is in desperate need of some new summery dresses.
All the dresses in the book have directions for sewing dresses size S (2/3) to XL (7/8), but I found the directions were easily adapted to make a dress to fit my baby girl (who, by the way, turns 10 months old today...yay Emily!)
I decided to make the "Peachy Keen" dress for my daughter, I like the pleated sash on this dress.  

It is hard to find t-shirts for babies under 12 months so I started with a simple white onsie. The directions were easy to follow and the dress sewed up really quick.

The apple print on the dress is "Farmdale Orchard" by Alexander Henry and I used a coordinating solid and some pink grosgrain ribbon I had on hand for the sash.  

One neat thing about using a onsie to make the dress was I was able to sew the skirt on the dress and keep the bottom of the onsie intact. Instead of cutting off the bottom like you would with a t-shirt I just drew a line where I wanted the skirt to go, that way I could sew the skirt on straight. Now I don't have to search for a matching diaper cover when she wears the dress.

She was a good sport and braved the gloomy, wet day with me to show off her new dress.

You can check out the other stops on the blog tour listed below to see more projects from the book as well as book reviews and giveaways!


  1. Love the dress. And the model is adorable!

  2. That is just too adorable! and, so is Emily.
    I really like how you left the onesie whole as well.
    My youngest granddaughter will be 2 on June 5. I've not picked out what I want to try to make for her yet.
    My post is set to be up on the 9th. I made a dress for my 5 yr old granddaughter so far.

    1. Thanks! I am excited to see the dress you made for your granddaughter!

  3. She is just too precious, and the dress is adorable!

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