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.