Upcycled Shirt Dresses

I’ve been wanting some new clothes but just haven’t clicked with anything I’ve seen in the stores lately so I decided to go through my bag of stuff to take to the thrift store and my ridiculously huge fabric stash and make myself some more upcycled shirt dresses. My work room gets pretty toasty so it’s nice to have these light weight super comfy dresses just to throw on.

This one is my absolute favorite.  I loved this tee that I got from Target. It fit great and was super comfy and soft. But after the first wash it shrunk up a.lot. arggg I so hate that. I’ve had the red fabric for a few years back when I was in a fabric coop.

I loved this tank top, also another up-shrinker. And I’m not sure why but I bought an entire bolt of this octopus fabric. It coordinates perfectly with some mermaid fabric which I also have a bolt of uggg. I’ve made a few things for the shop but people don’t seem to like them in fact I think my mom hates the mermaid one. I kept on trying to get the girls to use the mermaid for their air plane pillows, since I had so much but my mom kept discouraging it haha. I like this dress alright by it’s my least favorite of the three and I kind of feel like I should be on the Magic School bus when I wear it.

This used to be one of my favorite tops but over time extra pounds and shrinking up it just wasn’t wearable. This was another case of oh look I bought a whole bolt of that fabric syndrome. I realized after making 4 of these that I like my skirt size to be 22 inches tall by 36 inches wide. On the bottom two I used 22 by 44 (since the direction of the print was flipped and instead of cutting it down I just used it all) but I think they’re a bit poofier than I like.

Here’s my full tutorial if you are interested in making your own.


  1. so cute!! i love all of them!! this is on my list to do – I wanted to use an old tank and the jersey material to make a maxi dress. thanks for sharing!!

  2. Way to reuse and upcycle! I bet they’re super comfortable for those hot work days! I have a few old shirts that could use a bottom half… ;)

  3. What a great idea! Love those dresses!
    It would be a great idea for growing kids too!

    @ Creatively Living

  4. lovely!

  5. Those are so cute. I love them. High waisted skirts have been on my to-do list all year and I have yet to try making one. Yours are so pretty. :)

  6. Those turned out so cute!

  7. These are darling! Super idea, I just hate it when stuff shrinks up. I have a couple tees from Target that I love but I have to remember to keep them out of the dryer. . .its really only a matter of time though. :)

  8. Yay!! All three look great. Maybe I can muster up the courage to try sewing something like this before the summer’s over

  9. These are so creative. Love the dresses you made!


  10. These are so creative. Love the dresses you made!


  11. Love this post, please link it up with me on Wow Us Wednesday at Family Home and Life.

  12. Thanks for linking to TAke-A-Look Tuesday – you were featured today!! MOST VIEWED LINK!!
    –Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  13. Fun dresses!

  14. super cute!!!1

  15. Those are lovely, I am going to have to pin the tutorial and get my sewing machine out!



  16. I LOVE these! Pinning!

  17. I would love it if you would share this post on the Waste no Want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby UK! I really think my readers will enjoy it!


    Many Thanks

    Dawn @ Pretty Shabby Uk

  18. These are lovely! I knew I was hanging on to my too-short tees for a reason!

  19. These are lovely! I knew I was hanging on to my too-short tees for a reason!

  20. I love ALL 3 dresses!! This is a project I’m going to have to try!

    Thanks for sharing @’Sew Cute Tuesday’. I’ll be featuring you tomorrow, so be sure to stop by and grab a ‘featured’ button’!

  21. LOVE your dresses!!!!!!!!! Really they are sooo FUN!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality. I’m looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening :)

  22. Love those cute dresses. The red is my absolute favorite!

    Thanks for sharing on Show and Tell Wednesday at SNAP! I love seeing what you’ve done every week.

    xoxo, Tauni

  23. These are beautiful!! Great idea! Thanks so much for sharing this post at my Unveil Your Genius link party last week! I hope you’ll link up again soon! :)

  24. These are aDORable, girlie! Love love love this idea; I have some shirts from Old Navy that I bought a few years back when the style was shorter and now I feel like I can’t wear them because if I sit down, I look like a plumber…lol. Anyway, this is the perfect solution! I’ll be sure to check out the tut! Featuring ya on OAM tomorrow!

  25. Your shirt dresses are darling! We are so glad that you linked up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. Please come back again really soon! Thanks! -The Sisters

  26. What a great idea!! They came out beautifully!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  27. These dresses are fantastic! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

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