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 New Look 6415. I think it’s out of print though, so I’d recommend my Rivage Raglan pattern cut off at the waist for this dress, and I’d also probably take in that pattern at the side seams for this. 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.