T Shirt Dress Easy to Sew Digital Sewing Pattern

T-shirts started as regulation navy underwear that was brought home by the armed forces and surged in popularity after the Second World War. T-shirt dresses originated in the 1950s. Life magazine in 1954 called them "comfortable, washable and a whole wardrobe of them can be stacked without crushing in a bureau drawer."

Why not sew a bureau drawer full of comfy T-shirt dresses? This pattern is great for beginners learning to sew stretch fabric. It's simple and straightforward, but introduces a great finishing technique using a twin needle. I've become quite addicted to using this finish - it looks like the work of an expensive cover stitch machine, yet my only outlay is a few dollars for a twin needle.

Downloadable pattern requires just 12 pages to cut and paste together (it took me 3 minutes to do!) Printable one-page cheat sheet outlines instructions with a full colour step by step online tutorial at clotheslinepatterns.com/t-shirt-dress.

Never sewn stretch fabric before? Watch our Stretch Sewing Basics slideshow here at clotheslinepatterns.com/sewing-stretch before you begin.


  • Multisize downloadable pdf pattern in 8 sizes fits bust 73cm(29") to 108cm(43")
  • Full colour photo tutorial online at Clothesline Patterns website
  • Tips for sewing stretch fabric online at http//clotheslinepatterns.com/sewing-stretch
  • Great for beginners learning to sew stretch fabrics

Materials you need at home:

  • Knit fabric with at least 25% stretch - 1.5m(1 5/8yd) of 60" width , *Stretch/ballpoint needle , *Twin needle suitable for stretch fabrics
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An older neighbour once told me about how she would shop in the morning for a pattern and fabric, sew a new dress in the afternoon and wear it out that night. I love that idea! That's the spirit of Clothesline Patterns, simple clothes-making to be sewn in a single day.

Back in 2008, when I couldn't find the simple, speedy clothing patterns I was looking for, I decided to make them myself. Private patternmaking classes led to full time study in clothing design and technology at MSIT, a technical college in Brisbane, Australia.

I've worked in a number of creative industries - visual merchandising, graphic design, event styling - but now live amongst the sugar cane fields just outside Mackay in rural Queensland, happily making things for my website www.clotheslinepatterns.com.

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