Hot! The “Not Your Brother’s Shirt” T-Shirt Dress

This is the only photograph I have of myself as a child so I didn’t have much to work with. I am wearing shorts under that t-shirt which was a hand-me-down from my older brother. When I was about a year and a half my mother shaved my head to help it grow in a little better. She said the only way anyone could tell I was a little girl was because I had my ears pierced. I wore my brother’s old clothes for a long time. Maybe that’s why I love menswear so much. My favorite part of this outfit is the little bow tie I made for myself. It’s a spaghetti strap from a blouse I had and it made the perfect accessory to a “t-shirt dress” and old bowling shoes.

Pattern: McCall’s 6243 (sort of)

Fabric: 1 1/4 yds lime green cotton stretch jersey and 1 1/4 yds cotton stretch in a black and white print

Time to Make: 2 hrs.

First Worn: Today

Wear again?: Yes

Are you surprised to see that I made a t-shirt dress? It was a perfect project for a crazy week because it was so simple to make I didn’t need to think about it much. I thought about making it more interesting but my body just wasn’t willing to do the extra work. It doesn’t even have a zipper. I do wish it was a little longer. I asked for 1 1/2 yds but she only gave me 1 1/4. I saw the mistake at the fabric store but decided to let it go. If I ever have the energy I’ll taper it more at the bottom.

I’m not a huge fan of that green color. My boys’ school had t-shirts in that same color for a couple of years and to help the school raise money I would take the old unsold t’s and make messenger bags out of them. I had to stop because I hated looking at that color all the time. You can’t tell in these pictures but you can see the green through the distressed parts of the print on the fabric. It also doesn’t look bad as a pop along the collar and armhole opening. I was going to make something red but I couldn’t find the right color at the fabric store and when I tried to dye some it came out looking a lot like I’d dyed it all in Kool-Aid.

That’s really all there is to say about this dress so here’s a final picture of how I wore it today. Belted over a mens wool sweater. And no-that’s not my brother’s sweater!



Gina Clark is a girl from Texas living in the Midwest. She has been sewing most of her life but swears every few months that she is giving it up for good.


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  1. I’ve come to look at those fabric store “goofs” as challenges to “Make it Work!” and clearly you did!! I think the green is a lovely addition but I can understand why you might not be so keen about it. Lovely dress and I think the addition of the sweater is fabulous : )

  2. What a cute t-shirt dress! It’s definitely not your brother’s hand me down. I had a lot of those too as a kid sister.

  3. What a great use of the green. And it is a great green for this dress. You always have such amazing designs to share and this is no exception–what a nifty belt!

  4. Looks great! I especially like how you styled it with the grey cardigan, and I for one think the lime green trim goes perfect. Much more modern than red would have been, I think. In the photo with the cardigan the trim accessorizes the look like a necklace would. Well done!

  5. I love how you took such a classic feminine dress, but funked it up with the green. And then, when you add the sweater and belt, you’ve got such a cool, hipster vibe going on. What a multi-dimensional piece you’ve made.

  6. Very cute! It looks like something you could wear quite often in Spring and Summer. I like how you posed in front of the sculptures to accent the colors in the dress. About shaving heads, when I lived in Mexico many years ago, I was advised to shave my two year old daughter’s head for just the same reason. The little earrings helped to prove she really was a girl just like you. What about rubbing that bald head with tomatoes? I was told that was also a way to make the hair grow in thicker and faster. I didn’t go that far.

  7. The dress is perfect, you look awesome in it.

  8. Love the touch of green and the sculpture park is really beautiful in the photos. Another great creation Gina!

  9. I love how you can make something so simple look so stylish. Those shoes are adorable and I do love the pic of you laughing, you sparkle.

  10. I love the touch of green around the collar and armholes – it looks very comfortable, and paired with the heels and sweater, perfect for any occasion!

  11. I love the touch of green too, you are incredibly stylish Gina. I love this dress and the fabric you chose. That belt is killer. Perfecto