Sunday, December 30, 2012

T-Shirt Makeover for Lil Fashionista

Are you ready for yet another T Shirt Makeover ?
The Before Photo:

And The After Photo:

We purchased this T-shirt for Mr. Big Stuff at the Dallas Zoo a few years ago.

The zebras are painting the other animals!  How funny!

It's such a cute T, I just couldn't put it in the giveaway pile.  It became a dress for Lil Fashionista!  You might remember the  T-Shirt to Tank Top  makeover I did for myself.  This T-Shirt makeover is very similar. 

Begin by cutting away the sleeves, then cut straight across the top near the collar.  (A piece of the collar was actually left on this one.  I wanted to make sure the cute animals were not stitched.)  Hem the sleeves then sew a one inch casing across both the front and the back of the shirt.

For the ruffle, cut a four inch strip of fabric that is twice the length of the bottom of the shirt.

Zig zag one edge so it won't ravel, and hem the other edge.  Then use your longest straight stitch near the zig zag side.  Gently tug the bobbin thread to gather the fabric until it is the same length as the bottom of the shirt.


Zebra ruffles are just so dern cute!

For the little straps, I simply cut 2, two inch strips, folded in half,

gave the edge a quick zig zag, then a straigth stitch and pulled them right side out.

They were threaded through the casing and tied at the shoulder.

For Winter, Lil Fashionista styles her dress with a long sleeved shirt, tights and boots.   
Lydia in Zebra Dress

 The dress will be breezy and cool by itself with sandals this summer.  Lil Fashionista makes ANY OUTFIT look cute!
If you have a favorite T that you can't wear, but hate to toss, consider giving it a makeover!  More T Shirt Makeovers  can be found on my Sewing Page!
;-)  -Marci


  1. Wow! That is so pretty! Great job! Happy New Year! Angie xo

  2. An adorable dress, Marci and a fabulous refashion!!! The zebra ruffles are the perfect addition.

  3. Marci that is adorable! Cute model too!

  4. That is so precious, but not nearly as precious as the sweet little doll wearing it!

  5. This is adorable!!! Love all of your tshirt makeovers! I totally want to get into refashioning this year, thanks for the inspiration :)

  6. This is so adorable! I love how the ruffle matches. Had to pin this even though my daughter wouldn't wear it. She would hate the ties at the top, but maybe I can adapt the idea!

  7. How clever and cute! I just love how the dress came out, I like it more as a dress than the t-shirt. Thank you for sharing on We Made That!

  8. Very Nice! Love your blog! I would love for you to visit my linky party going on now at

    Have a great day!

  9. What a cute simple idea! I am always looking for ways to upcycle clothes. I just might have to give this way a try! Thanks for linking up!

  10. This is SUPER cute---found you via the Little Wonders link-up.


  11. Visiting from WKWW - I love this repurpose, hoping to do some of these type sewing projects for my little girl.

  12. I love T-shirt makeovers for little ones- can't wait to see it styled with sandals. Darling!
    Thanks for sharing!


  13. I really like your makeovers! What inspiration. I want to do something like this. I'm pinning this also. Linda

  14. What a great, great idea! SO thrifty and super cute!

  15. Hi, Marci, I featured your t-shirt makeover on my blog. Thanks for the tutorial on how to do it. Linda


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