Most of you know I'm a fan of using tshirts for my DIYs. Not only does it simplify the process of hemming/finishing but it's eco-friendly. I usually go with shirtspace who has all types of tshirts to create your own sustainable designs and it's great pricing in case you mess up. For this Olympic inspired dress I used light grey and size large found here or here. I'm 5'7 so I would of liked mine to be a tad longer so maybe an XL if you're tall.
Because the Olympics are coming up I was inspired to create something sporty. In this tutorial I show you how to add a drawstring waistline and pockets.
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Begin by cutting the sleeves off the tshirt. I suggest cutting next to the serged edge so you have a finished hem.
Fold your shirt where you want your waist to be. So try it on and safety pin that point.
Then iron to create a line.
Use a strip of fabric or twill tape as the casing. It must fit all the way around the shirt front and back. Mine was just a strip of light jersey about 3 inches in width. Twill tape is good so you don't have to fold over the edges. Flip shirt inside out and pin the strip of fabric evenly along the ironed line. I made sure the ironed line was in the middle between the strip creating a casing.
Sew along the top and bottom creating a middle casing. See the stitches where I sewed along the top and bottom.
It should look like this on the outside.
Cut a slit for the pocket below the waist and on the side. Mine was enough I could put my hands in it.
Using your sleeves, cut the seam side to fit the slit you created.
you will then pin that right sides together all the way around…
Sew where the pins are...
When done it should look like this.