How to Convert a Basic T-Shirt Into 5 Dresses (No Sewing)
The History of the T-Shirt
Everyone knows that the basic T-shirt is recognized to be a plain shirt with short sleeves and a round crew neck with no collar. It was labeled the "T-shirt" because of the T-shape of the shirt from the sleeves to the substructure. In the early 1900s, the basic T-shirt was only used as an undergarment for men. After the Great Depression in the United States, it then became an everyday garment that both men and women wore openly.
How T-Shirts Are Used in Today's Fashion
Now, fast forward a couple of years later into the world of sparkles, lace, and 6-inch heels. Since the basic T-shirt is a plain shirt, you can easily find it a little difficult to change it into a fabulous outfit from a fashion magazine. How can the basic T-shirt compete with the latest styles, colors, and more polished fabrics and textiles? Well, I've discovered that almost anyone can convert the basic T-shirt into five lovely dresses with no sewing.
Widely, if your personal style is a classic "girly girl" or you just generally love clothes and fashion, then knowing how to convert your basic style into five dresses may be appealing to you. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to style, dress up, and design the basic t-shirt today and I'm so glad that I've discovered a few ways to accomplish that. It will only take a few minutes of your time and before you know it, you will be proudly parading your lovely dresses at the beach, school or a summer party.
How to Convert a T-Shirt Into a Dress Without Sewing
The only supplies you will need is a basic T-shirt in extra-large.
1. The Tube T-Shirt Dress
Take your extra-large shirt and put it on, but instead of putting your arms into the sleeves, place your arms inside the opening of the neck. Now take the sleeves, bring it behind you and tie a knot with the sleeves to create a bow in the back. Be sure you make a secure knot in the back to prevent the sleeves from falling apart.
Tip: To style your dress, you can dress it up by adding a few of your favorite trendy accessories.
I incorporated some sparkle by wearing a dazzling diamond scoop necklace and earrings. I chose to add a rope belt to accentuate my waistline. To finish the look I included a clutch purse and some classic pumps and called it a day. With the tube dress, you can pull off wearing this to a nice summer party.
2. The Front Bow T-Shirt Dress
With the second dress you are going to repeat the same steps as the "Tube T-shirt Dress," but this time instead of taking the sleeves and tying them in the back, bring the sleeves to the front and tie a knot. Tie the knot as neatly as possible to showcase a really nice bow in the front.
Tip: Wear your hair up or in a ponytail for a more polished look.
I decided not to wear a necklace for this dress but make a bold statement with a pair of big flashy earrings. I added a nice white blazer for sophistication and class. I love bling so I cannot forget my favorite pair of emerald green pumps. You can wear the "Front Bow T-shirt Dress" to a party or on a cozy date night with your beau.
3. The High-Waist T-Shirt Dress
Slip into another T-shirt and place both arms into the neck hole of the shirt. Grab both sleeves and make sure your T-shirt is straight or in the right position. Take the right sleeve and cross it towards your left shoulder, then tuck the right sleeve into the top of the dress. Now do the same with the left sleeve. Take the left sleeve, cross it towards the right shoulder and tuck it into the top of the dress (or tuck the sleeves into your bra).
Tip: Don't forget to wear a strapless push-up bra with your dress for a more elegant look or form.
I love tights so I am wearing my dress with leopard print tights and a long black cardigan for a different style. My favorite pair of wedge heels add a little touch of spunk and it's the perfect match for this dress. Eye-catching gold jewelry and a clutch purse is a must have for this look.
4. The Faux Pockets T-Shirt Dress
Put on your T-shirt and put your arms through the neck opening of the shirt. This time you do not tie the sleeves or do anything but put them into the dress to create fake pockets. If you don't like the faux pockets, just sew the edges of the sleeves, tuck them back in and you will have real pockets.
Tip: It's best to steam press or iron your T-shirt for a more sleek and tailored form.
I'm rocking a thin bright-colored belt above the pockets to cinch in the waist and to reveal a softer silhouette. Short silver-studded combat boots is a great addition to the outfit. I am also parading my dress with ethnic print tights, bold jewelry, and with my hair pulled back into a low bun.
5. The Off-the-Shoulder T-Shirt Dress
Get dressed and put on your T-shirt, but this time instead of putting both arms through the neck of the shirt, only put in your left arm through the neck of the shirt. Next, you are going to put your right arm through the right sleeve. To create a "no sleeve" style tuck in your right sleeve at the shoulder. Then, you are going to grab the left sleeve and tuck it down into the dress to create a faux pocket on the other side.
Tip: Don't be afraid to wear big and bold accessories and play with the look of your dress. Let the inner diva come through and be a little sassy.
I am going for a more crisp and refined look with this dress. So I'm sporting a wide cinch belt to emphasize an hourglass shape and to accentuate my waist. To differently style this dress I've added sparkle by wearing my favorite chandelier earrings and I also layered a pearl necklace for a bit of elegance. I can't forget my black closed toe flats with faux metal studs to finish the look.
In closing, knowing how to convert your basic T-shirt into five dresses with no sewing, is a cute and quite neat discovery that adds a bit of creativity and design to any fashion wardrobe. Remember, you don't have to buy a plain white style to create your own dress.
You can recycle and use one of your boyfriend's shirts or any of your shirts. You can also use printed styles and those with different colors to incorporate your own spin into your dress. Enjoy your five different dresses and be the first to set a trend!
Where to Buy a Basic T-Shirt
Fruit of the Loom, 1 shirt
Fruit of the Loom, 5 pack
Hanes, 6 pack