Today I’m going to show you how I made this game day dress. I started with a thrifted men’s 2XL t-shirt. Unless your hips are 60 inches around like this shirt was, I promise you don’t need a shirt this big. You do want it to be at least 1.3 times your hips (and realize that by hips I mean the widest part, including your boo-tay, not your hip bones) so it won’t look like a pencil skirt.
So, I chopped the sleeves off my 2XL shirt, and it looked like this.
I folded my fabric in half, matching the armhole Us one on top of the other, then trimmed each so that they matched each other. Then I traced that shape onto a sheet of paper.
On my paper I drew out a pocket shape with the U at the center (on right) and then used that shape to draw the pocket lining (left). I cut these shapes out of the extra fabric from the sleeves. Now, I had a lot of extra fabric since this was a 2XL, so if you use a smaller shirt, you might need coordinating or contrasting fabric for your pockets. Woven or knit will work.
With right sides together, I sewed my pocket around the U.
Then I flipped it to the inside of the skirt and pressed it. After pressing, I topstitched around the opening to give it some more stability.
Then I sewed the pocket lining to the pocket around the curved edge, right sides together.
For the top of the dress, I used one of my standby patterns, New Look 6415. I think it’s out of print, but I’ve seen copies on ebay/etsy. It’s the best fitting raglan t-shirt I’ve ever made myself – not too tight, not to loose. I cut it off at the waist for this dress. If you didn’t want to make a t-shirt from scratch, you could cut off any t-shirt at the waist to attach the skirt.
Then I gathered the skirt, including the pocket area, and sewed it to the t-shirt top. I added the sequined ribbon belt and I was ready to go. No hemming since I used the original t-shirt hem.
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