My Awesome Cinderella Dress Tute AKA Cricut T-Shirt Fashion Challenge AKA Day 1 KCW

I’m joining in on Kids Clothes Week. Go to their page to learn more and join in but the main idea is that you work on kids clothes for an hour every day for 7 days. Since I have a baby birthday to go to and some new Rae Gun designs I decided I definitely wanted to do it this round! I’ll be sharing my progress on Instagram so wish me luck!

My first creation is a part of another challenge. Remember how I told you that Cricut is now making iron-on vinyl? Well they challenged some of us bloggers to “make something wearable” from white T-shirts and iron-on vinyl. We were each given a few sheets of vinyl and up to 10 T-shirts (whatever size we requested I just used 1 size 3XL shirt for this project).

After seeing Cricut’s Disney Happily Ever After cartridge and all it’s awesome princess related designs I decided I wanted to make a Cinderella dress.

To make your own you’ll need:

  • 3XL shirt (a regular XL would probably have worked, I think the 3XL could get up to a size 6 or so)
  • 1/2 yard Colored fabric
  • Iron-On Vinyl in coordinating colors

To start off I first cut a skirt piece from the T-shirt. I cut a straight line from the shirt and voila. Then  I cut along the sleeve seams and opened the shirt up flat. I folded the front down the middle and used a trusty bodice pattern and cut the front piece then repeated with the back and the back bodice piece. I cut both on the fold. Since the T-shirt is stretchy it will just slip over her head. Then I cut 2 sleeve pieces (I just used a poofy sleeve from a random pattern) from the color and the shirt (on the sleeve part). And for the sash I cut a 5 inch strip the length of the fabric (so it was 44″ X 5″).

Next I put in an inset Peter Pan collar on the front bodice piece. I didn’t have a patter for this so I made one. I free handed a shape that I thought looked like the right size and then cut 4 out with a generous seam allowance. Then I sewed the outside of the curve and snipped to the sewing line to help it lay flat. Next I ironed it. Then I cut along the collar about 1 inch from the edge and pinned my collar pieces. Then I sewed back on the piece of the bodice I cut off so the collar was sandwiched between the white pieces. Finally I understitched the seam down (i.e. folded the seam towards the bottom edge and then sewed along the top (under the collar)). Now the front bodice piece is done.

Start by sewing the shoulder seams of the bodice from to the bodice back (right sides together). To make the sleeves see my princess sleeve tutorial. But really fast I slit the sleeve pieces sewed them together, and then sewed them to the shirt. Next gather up the skirt. I used my favorite gathering techinique but you can do it however you want. Then attach the bodice to the skirt by sewing them right sides together. And the dress is done. To make the sash fold the strip in half length-wise and see. After you right side out that strip tuck the edges in and sew. And you’re done with the basic shape.

Now comes the fun part. Play around on Cricut Craft Room or flip through your cartridge books and find designs you want to use. All of mine came from the Disney Happily Ever After Cartridge. Cut the vinyl out. Remember to mirror flip your images before you start cutting! Then just weed the design and iron it on. If you’ve never used iron on vinyl before see my vinyl tutorial.

L really liked how her dress came out and her sister was telling me exactly how she wanted hers to be ;) I think it’s pretty cute and I didn’t get a picture but I actually really liked the look of the top without poofy sleeves. I think I might make myself a Peter Pan tank top.

Also be sure to check in over at Cricut at the end of the week to see all the other fun creations that are a part of this Fashion show challenge.


  1. Fantastic! Such a great dress, I bet she loves it!

  2. The dress is adorable!

  3. Wow! This is amazing <3

  4. It seriously turned out so amazing! I love it! Great job :)

  5. That turned out awesome! You are so creative :)

  6. That is adorable! And out of a t-shirt!?!? I’m seriously impressed!!!

    Kassi @ Truly Lovely

  7. Massively darling. I love it so much!

  8. That is so cute!! My daughter would love that dress. :) How fun to be involved in the Circuit challenge – and how incredibly creative you are to have made that dress from a shirt.

  9. LOVE! OMG, this is so darling!

    Melanie {Reasons To Skip The Housework}

  10. So cute! My little girl would never take this off!! Love it.

  11. Super cute! Love the collar!

  12. That is awesome! Would never have guessed it was from a t-shirt. My girls would love this! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday this week!

    Take care,


  13. I love this!! Wish i had a cricut now!

  14. Very cute! Love the sleeves!


  15. This is soo stinking adorable.. I just love the colors and the awesome sleeves.
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  16. What a great idea! My little girl would LOVE a princess dress. Might have to whip out my sewing machine and give it a try. I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

  17. This is so cute! My little girl would absolutely adore this!! I would love for you to come and share this on our Much Ado About Monday link party!!

    Hope to see you there,

  18. I love it! So cute and creative! Thanks for sharing it at The Scoop!

  19. WOW! so creative!!! I hope you stop by to link –

  20. The dress is just about as cute and adorable as the little girl!

  21. This is just darling! If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party:

  22. This is great! I love taking shirts and making something new a beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    I’d love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with free patterns and templates to share are invited to link up!

  23. This is such a lovely dress! I love it!!! It would be so cool if you could join my Link Party on Sundays and the Pin Hop on Thursdays.

    Hope you are having a lovely day

    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

  24. Thank you so much for linking up to Creative Showcase at Housewife Eclectic, I featured this post over here:

  25. Oh yes – I did see this dress. I so love it! You are amazing Marissa! Such talent – I love it!

  26. Wanted to invite you to our link party at where we pin everyone who joins to our link board

  27. This is such a gorgeous dress Marissa – great way to make use of a plain white t-shirt!
    I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling project page. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 400 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas.
    Do come and take a look!

  28. Great job! Much better than other t-shirt refashion projects I’ve seen!

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