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!