May 25, 2021

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How To Turn The T-Shirt Into A Wrap Dress: Pattern Hack

Hi, Everyone! Are you ready for another pattern hack of the free trendy t-shirt? This one is perfect for summer, it's easy to make, and it's doable in a variety of sizes - yay! This tutorial is brought to you by our fabulous content creator @graceloves2bake, read on to follow along as she shows us how to make a Wrap Dress from the Free T-Shirt Pattern.

I don't know about you, but I LOVE t-shirt dresses! I usually wear mine with sneakers and a jean jacket or a cardigan and sandals. This dress is made with the Trendy T-shirt pattern which is free on Pixie Faire! It slips on your doll feet first, meaning no closures in the back!

What you will need:

 

Step 1: Go ahead and print and cut out your pattern pieces. Trace the front pattern piece on your paper and then flip the pattern piece over face down as shown in the picture below. Measure and mark one inch below the armhole (¾ for RRFF). Trace from the mark down to the bottom right hand corner of the pattern piece. Using your ruler, draw a straight line from the shoulder seam to the mark you made on the side.Erase the unnecessary lines. Using your ruler, add three inches to the side seams of the piece (3 inches for RRFF as well). Connect the two lines at the bottom. This is now your pattern piece for the front of the dress.

 

Step 2: Take your back pattern piece and tap it to a piece of paper. Add three inches to the length just as you did with the front. Draw a straight line for the bottom of the piece as well. (I learned this technique from previous Pixie Faire tutorials.) I also added some arrows to indicate that I will be cutting this out on the fold.

 

Step 3: Now it’s time to cut out your dress! You should have two front pieces, two sleeves, and one back piece.

 

Step 4: Sew your shoulder seams together. Turn the entire neckline under ¼ of an inch and hem. Hem your sleeves and sew them onto the dress just as directed in the pattern instructions.

 

Step 5: This part is a bit tricky to put into words, but as long as you follow the pictures it should be easy!  It is time to sew up the side seams. Start by lying the doll’s left front side of the dress face up. Then place the left side of the crossover piece on top, also right side up. Next, put the dress’ back left side seam on top, right side down and sew.

 

Step 6: Now it is time to sew the other side seam. Line the sides up right sides together just like you would if you were sewing the t-shirt. Then lay the crossover top, right side down and sew.

 

Step 7: Hem the bottom of the dress making sure the front has a double layer. I only turned up the hem once due to the thickness of the front of the dress.

 

This general idea can work for any of the free t-shirt patterns, you'll just need to adjust the measurement to be appropriate for the doll size. Below is a cute picture of the new 12" Siblies doll (from Ruby Red) wearing a dress made just for her too! Stay tuned next week as we begin posting patterns for the dolls and post a full doll review & giveaway too!

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You can also share pictures in the Pixie Faire Inspritation Gallery right here on the website, either use the #pixiefaire when posting on IG, or just click the little + box to upload your picture right here on the website!

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100 Comments

Melody W Thomas
Melody W Thomas

June 02, 2021

I enjoy working with all the pattern I have and
that I have bought from you. You make them so easier. I so like the fact that i can change the pattern with other pattern pieces and ,make t work to make with any art of the patterns you off. You have he most unique patterns and they are so easy to adapt to any pattern, even to make. My dolls love them.

Susan
Susan

May 30, 2021

I think I would take an older T-shirt of mine and find a spot with little wear. From that area I would cut out the dress.

Patricia
Patricia

May 30, 2021

A small amount shorter, over leggings! With a WIDE-brimmed hat! CUTE!

Alison
Alison

May 30, 2021

Also, as feedback, I found the directions for using the widget more difficult than the usual comment contests. I hope that’s helpful.

Alison
Alison

May 30, 2021

I’ll definitely use the regular tee shirt pattern (most of my dolls are historical, but one is modern) but have no immediate plans for the tee shirt dress. Very cute on the model picture though!

Patricia Horton
Patricia Horton

May 30, 2021

I love this idea! I would either use some stretchy material with small flowers on it or use the white cloth and paint something on it
To suit her size usin liquid paint for material. Just plain goes no where by itself

Jeanette
Jeanette

May 28, 2021

I plan to make an adorable Flowery Summer Dress with this pattern hack! I may even add a bottom ruffle!

Sharon
Sharon

May 28, 2021

i’d do it in a red knit with a fancy belt

Jan
Jan

May 28, 2021

I love dressing 18 inch dolls and this would be a great new way !

Candice Lacy
Candice Lacy

May 28, 2021

I could style this dress so many ways! Add lace, or a ruffle to crossover edge, or a tiny embroidered design, or button embellishments.

Barbara
Barbara

May 28, 2021

I would add a chain belt and a Miche Designs handbag and shoes.

Lynn
Lynn

May 28, 2021

I am not sure I like the plain seam at the bottom so may add a ruffle or lace. So excited to make this in a variety of fabric patterns.

Carol
Carol

May 28, 2021

I would add a big hat and sandals. Thanks for the great idea.

Bonny
Bonny

May 28, 2021

I would accessorize this dress by adding a crocheted necklace, vest, sandals, hat & purse.
I think if you don’t crochet you could use two different fabrics to accent the cross over effect.

Hollea
Hollea

May 28, 2021

I would add some lace like embellishment but not fine lace more chunky to the cross part on the front of the dress and also on the bottom to dress it up.

Ann
Ann

May 28, 2021

With embroidery

anita
anita

May 28, 2021

add a ruffle along the front edge.

Cathy
Cathy

May 28, 2021

Cute ides.

norma
norma

May 28, 2021

After reading all the great comments I can’t wait to make this. Color blocking will be first.

Annie
Annie

May 28, 2021

This is such a sweet style!! It’s just perfect for summertime picnics and playdates at the park!!🐞🎈🌞🦆👭

Pamela
Pamela

May 28, 2021

I would make a separate bodice that wraps, then cut the skirt so that the bottom has only one layer. Then it would be easier to hem. This is a darling hack, by the way!

Shara S
Shara S

May 28, 2021

I would like to color block this pattern in different shades of knits.: soft pastel colors for summer, vibrant darker tones for autumn and winter.

Jeri
Jeri

May 28, 2021

I just bought some cute fabric with small patterns that will look great with this pattern (small flowers, butterflies, dogs). Thank you so much!

Bee
Bee

May 28, 2021

I always love a nautical look.

Kirstine
Kirstine

May 28, 2021

Such a cute tutorial!

Barbara
Barbara

May 28, 2021

I really like this pattern hack, I would upcycle and old tshirt and then make a matching hat and summer tote for a great summer outing.

Debi
Debi

May 28, 2021

So many ideas!!! Holiday, seasonal, movie themes, oh my!!!

katy
katy

May 28, 2021

I would make each pattern piece a different color! Love this hack!!!

Donna
Donna

May 28, 2021

I would use a fun summer print! Thanks for the giveaway!

Doris
Doris

May 27, 2021

I like the idea to cut old tshirts and make new clothes for the doll.

Candy
Candy

May 27, 2021

I would use the t shirt pattern from other size dolls. Right now I’m working on a10"Ann Estelle. She would look really cute in the wrap dress using one of her t shirt pattern. I would love to get some Ann Estelle type fabric and make a matching summer hat and atote bag to match for her too!
Thank you for the neat pattern hack!

Vicki
Vicki

May 27, 2021

I like the idea of a patriotic theme. So many great ideas.

Candy
Candy

May 27, 2021

I would use the t shirt pattern from other size dolls. Right now I’m working on a10"Ann Estelle. She would look really cute in the wrap dress using one of her t shirt pattern. I would love to get some Ann Estelle type fabric and make a matching summer hat and atote bag to match for her too!
Thank you for the neat pattern hack!

Dorothy
Dorothy

May 27, 2021

I would make this a color-block dress by using different knit fabrics. Another cute idea would be to make contrasting hems at neckline and bottom by using binding. My granddaughter’s 18" doll will love it.

Jackie Koepnick
Jackie Koepnick

May 27, 2021

would do a white with black trim on the neck with a black belt would put it on my life as doll

Jackie Pitts
Jackie Pitts

May 27, 2021

For Sasha I want to upcycle a denim blue tee shirt and pair the dress with a denim jacket. I don’t have a Ruby Red but my friend who doesn’t sew does. A solid color wrap dress would go well with a loose fitting over kimono and/or a couple of long vests, matbe felt ones, with seasonal appliques or embroidery.

Debby
Debby

May 27, 2021

I would make coordinating dresses for my granddaughters two AG dols, Grace and Claire

Kim C
Kim C

May 27, 2021

I’m going to make this dress for my doll Sam.

MAUREEN
MAUREEN

May 27, 2021

I would make the dress in a plain tshirt fabric and at the empire waist line i would embellish with a printed floral ribbon. I would make the dress for Isabelle.

Jara
Jara

May 27, 2021

Good idea to reuse old shirts with cool designs

Heidi
Heidi

May 27, 2021

Use a floral print knit fabric.

Karen
Karen

May 27, 2021

So cute! Fantastic casual dress in t-shirt fabric.

Rosie Glenn
Rosie Glenn

May 27, 2021

I would add some pompom trim to the bottom and turn it into a beach cover up for the pool. Such a great hack! Thanks for the idea!

Lori
Lori

May 27, 2021

I would make this in a soft pink or rose color knit. It would be so pretty as a summery dress. Include a floppy hat and sunglasses and she’s ready for a fun day at the farmer’s market.

Sparkle
Sparkle

May 27, 2021

Carefree and summery hack. I like it!

Judlyn
Judlyn

May 27, 2021

Lovely, I can’t wait to try this.

Connie
Connie

May 27, 2021

I would add some crocheted sandals and big floppy hat.

Sonja
Sonja

May 27, 2021

I would cut off the under piece of the front so there would only be one piece of fabric for the hem and do a rolled hem or a serged hem. I think the fringed hem suggestion was a good one, too!

Kat
Kat

May 27, 2021

Cute and easy. I will be making it out of knit fabric I have in my stash. My great nieces will love it, Amazing what can be done with a simple pattern to make something new.

Debbie
Debbie

May 27, 2021

Love this hack. Will be trying it soon.

brenda
brenda

May 27, 2021

I would make it long and beach look

Gail Beam
Gail Beam

May 26, 2021

I think I would make this t-shirt dress out of a stretchy jean material and fringe the hem of the dress and add a faux suede fringe vest or jacket with some ankle or cowboy boots. I would add a bead necklace and bracelet with a faux suede fringed beaded bag.

Lauren
Lauren

May 26, 2021

I would use my little butterfly fabric and add a butterfly net

Sam
Sam

May 26, 2021

It would look cute with a belt, cowboy boots and a long fringe vest.

Chandra
Chandra

May 26, 2021

I am looking forward to trying this hack!

Julie
Julie

May 26, 2021

I would use a small, floral print for the dress. Then I would top it off with either a crocheted or knitted bolero to match, but contrast the dress. Then I’d add strappy little sandels to complete the outfit! Thanks for your giveaways!

Lynn Zukowski
Lynn Zukowski

May 26, 2021

What an ingenious idea to convert the T-shirt pattern into a wrap dress! I have a 2 1/2 year old granddaughter- and would have to make a wrap dress for her new dolly. it would be easy for her to put on the doll when made of knit fabric. and to style this outfit- i would make a little cross body bag for dolly to wear with her new dress.

Summer
Summer

May 26, 2021

So cute!

Heidi
Heidi

May 26, 2021

Cute! Thank you!

Shasta
Shasta

May 26, 2021

So cute!

Amy S
Amy S

May 26, 2021

Thanks!

Cindy
Cindy

May 26, 2021

Very nice! Thanks!

Bridgette S
Bridgette S

May 26, 2021

Cute! Thank you for the giveaway!

Bridgette
Bridgette

May 26, 2021

So cute! Thanks!

Lisa
Lisa

May 26, 2021

Great idea.

Wronda Lamando
Wronda Lamando

May 26, 2021

I would embellish mine with tiny yo yo circles at the waist

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

May 26, 2021

I would embellished it with a crochet belt and Pixie Faire crochet sandals and a crochet summer hat. The colors I would use would be 1970s look.

Mae Lynn Beck
Mae Lynn Beck

May 26, 2021

I would style it with a denim jacket or denim vest and ankle boots.

Janet
Janet

May 26, 2021

I would love to make it in a cute summer print with a coordinating purse and sandals. Such a fun summer look.

Sue
Sue

May 26, 2021

This would be a fun pattern for color blocking.

Kim
Kim

May 26, 2021

I would add some nice sandals and a nice wide brimmed hat.

kathy m
kathy m

May 26, 2021

so cute I would add platform sandals too and maybe tights to match the

Cynthia W.
Cynthia W.

May 26, 2021

I would find a psychedelic hot pink small floral print to make this dress.

Cheryl Goode
Cheryl Goode

May 26, 2021

I just picked up a fabric remnant – circa 1960s that repulsed be perfect for this chic pattern for my grand niece’s doll. Can’t wait to make it! And with a hat!!

Carol L
Carol L

May 26, 2021

I would use a tiny floral print & add a coordinating solid color to the side that laps under on the front. My granddaughter has 3 18in. dolls so they would each need a version of this dress. A doll scrunchy to match would be cute.

Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann

May 26, 2021

I would make this from a small-print striped knit, maybe long as a beach cover-up with a floppy-brimmed hat.

Suzanne Krueger
Suzanne Krueger

May 26, 2021

I would choose a small tropical floral print in orange, yellow and hot pink. I would choose the accent color on the dress to be yellow. Not sure how to describe it but the one front shoulder with the smallest amount of fabric showing would be yellow. I would make a pair of yellow open toe Jane shoes from Liberty Jane’s shoe pattern: OPEN-TOE JANES 18" DOLL SHOE PATTERN and trim them with narrow braided jute fo a cool casual look. A headband of yellow made from left over dress fabric would complete my darling doll’s look.

K. H.
K. H.

May 26, 2021

I’d make this from denim, add some dainty lace along the edges, and give it a cute braided leather belt. I’d finish the look with a cowgirl hat and boots.

Cheryl R.
Cheryl R.

May 26, 2021

I’d create this with a fun print, then add jewelry, sandels, hat and handbag to give a fun summer breezy look

Kathy
Kathy

May 26, 2021

I would add a straw hat and some sandals. So cute!

kathleen J. LOSEY
kathleen J. LOSEY

May 26, 2021

I would combine black and white fabric and compliment the outfit with red shoes and jewelry.

Sandy
Sandy

May 26, 2021

I run a charity we make 100 of dolls for various charities to give to give kids in need. These are often their only possessions and they love to dress their dolls so this dress would be perfect

Marsha
Marsha

May 26, 2021

I will make this for my granddaughters 18 inch dolls, one will have blue colors and one purple and pink colors for each girl’s personality. I will make a bow or headband to match each outfit. I am looking forward to creating this outfit.

Dianne Mann
Dianne Mann

May 26, 2021

I love everyones ideas! The sun hat and sandals sounds really cute with
a necklace and sunglasses.

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

May 26, 2021

I’d add a cute necklace & earrings to my model, as well as sandals and a bag. Love the bag shown in 2nd pic!

Holly
Holly

May 26, 2021

I’d add a nice braided belt or a cute cincher and a coordinating pair of open toe Janes or sandals. The open neckline also just seems to beg for a necklace

Carrie P
Carrie P

May 26, 2021

Such a cute dress!! I would style it with sandals and a sun hat for the summer. Leggings and a cardigan for the spring/fall.

Sandra
Sandra

May 26, 2021

I think it would be cute with a jean jacket over it

Lei/Ann
Lei/Ann

May 26, 2021

I would add some trim to the bottom, gather the waist, and add some decorative floral elements to the upper left or right side.

Teresa
Teresa

May 26, 2021

I would like to use 2 different fabrics for the front & also can see the front with lace, ric rack or other embellishment. Decorative stitches on the front pieces would be interesting.

Piroska
Piroska

May 26, 2021

I would add some eyelet lace, and a matching headband.

S
S

May 26, 2021

I would style this as a fall outfit! I could take some really cute pictures!

LAURIE
LAURIE

May 26, 2021

I THINK I’LL MAKE THE HACK INTO A T-SHIRT FIRST THEN A DRESS, REPURPOSING SOME ADULT T-SHIRTS. IT SEEMS I HAVE AN ENDLESS SUPPLY OF T-SHIRTS. I’M THINKING I’LL MAKE ONE SIDE OF THE FRONT ONE COLOR AND THE OTHER SIDE A DIFFERENT COLOR. THE SLEEVES A DIFFERENT COLOR AND THE BACK YET A DIFFERENT COLOR. WOW! THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS! THANKS FOR THE HACK!

Cath
Cath

May 26, 2021

A knit with a small print on it would be cute. A knit with a large(for a doll), bright paisley would be perfect for a 70’s look. Thanks for the opportunity and the nice tutorial.

Annlee
Annlee

May 26, 2021

It would be cute just adding a bright colored cloth tie belt.

SHARON L RAMOS
SHARON L RAMOS

May 26, 2021

I LOVE THIS PATTERN. I WOULD ADD SOME LACE .

Renée
Renée

May 26, 2021

I would make it from leftover knits from my grand daughter’s dress so they could have matching outfits..

Pam Gauerke
Pam Gauerke

May 26, 2021

I would add piping to the cross over edge and also to the sleeve edges. Then add a tie belt to complete the dress.

Susan Blackwell
Susan Blackwell

May 26, 2021

Love this pattern!

Sue D
Sue D

May 26, 2021

I would use a patriotic red and white stripe fabric and embellish with a blue bandana.

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