I made possibly the most comfortable dress last week--a jersey knit maxi dress. Seriously. I want to live in this dress. For the rest of my life.
I started with an XXL long sleeved striped grey t-shirt from Target on clearance for a few bucks. I considered using it to make a dress for Olivia but decided to be selfish and use it all for me!
ME! ME! ME! ...Ahem.
First I removed the sleeves (sorry I don't have any pictures of the process. I always forget that part). Then using an exisiting t-shirt as a guide, I folded the striped shirt in half and cut and sewed the sides to make it fit. Using another old t-shirt, I removed a cap sleeve and used that as a guide to make new sleeves. Oh, and I cut the sleeves from the bottom of the shirt since it was already hemmed. I'm all for making my life easier.
The yellow jersey was purchased for a few bucks (wish I could remember how much) at a local fabric store that was closing. I basically measured my waist and mutiplied that number by 1.5 and cut my jersey that wide. I left the length reeeeeeaaaally long so I could cut it and hem it later to be the perfect length.
I stitched up the long sides of the jersey together and gathered the waist. Then I attached the skirt to my striped shirt (which I had now cut off to be shorter.) Make sure you use a stretch stitch when sewing with knits or you won't be able to stretch it. And that, my friend, does not make for a comfortable dress...or anything for that matter.
Anyway, after I attached the skirt, I decided it needed a little more. So I added a sash. The sash is mostly attached but can be adjusted a little (it's not totally straight in the pictures...grrr).
Then I decided it needed even more still. So I added ruffly flowers. Everything is better with ruffly flowers.
There. Better. Did I mention I want to live in this dress?
Oh. And I think it's time for a haircut. Ponytails everyday? Yup.