Need a comfy every day dress? One that looks good no matter where you go, and one that can take on the look of separates or be sewn in the same fabric throughout? Then the Two Become One Dress is for you.
I became fascinated with this style of dress just recently. I love the casual look, like a t-shirt and a skirt, but without the fuss of having to make sure both matching pieces are clean and ironed at the same time (lazy I know). Now I can just grab it off the hanger, slip it over my head and rush on out – anywhere. Of course, you can also make it throughout in the same fabric so it looks more like an obvious dress if you like and I think that would look great too – I'd really love to see some of your examples you sew.
- a t-shirt style bodice with scoop neck and short sleeves, and a straight skirt, joined at the waist with a gathered belt-style band for fit, comfort and style.
- No zippers or closures, just pull it on and go.
- Mix and match the colors and fabrics or make in the same fabric top and bottom.
- Gathered piece at the waist for a slimming look. A contrast would look good here too if you made the top and bottom the same.
- Sizes from 31 to 48 inch bust.
- Easy to fit, just take in the side seams to suit your shape.
- Suitable for knit fabrics only.
- Full written and photo instructions.
How to sew the Two Become One T-shirt Dress Pattern
(Abbreviated instructions and small pictures. More photos and details included in the pattern download and PDF instructions.)
- With RST, match the bodice shoulder seams and stitch.
- Find the center of the sleeve, match it with the shoulder seam. Pin the sleeve in place easing around the curves. Stitch, neaten and press.
- RST, pin and sew the skirt front and back to the bottom of the bodice front and back at the waist seam, easing where necessary to fit.
- RST, match the under arm seam, the waist seam and the bottom of the skirt on each side. Pin then stitch from the edge of the sleeve all the way down to the bottom of the skirt. Repeat for both sides.
- Check for fit. Pin out any alterations, baste and try again. Once happy with the fit, trim and press seams.
- Finish the bottom edge of the sleeves with a ½ inch seam. Use a stretch stitch, or finish with a twin needle. You can read here about how to finish hems on knits and how to use a twin needle.
- With RST, stitch across the short end of the neckline binding. Fold it in half with WRONG sides together along the length, and press.
- Pin your binding around the neckline, RST, matching the quarter marking pins. Pin in between where needed.
- Stitch the neckline binding in place, stretching the binding to match the length of the neckline as you sew.
- Cut the band for your waist band.
- RST, join the band at the short side. Mark a line half way along the piece, opposite the seam you just sewed. The seam line and the line you just marked are your side seams.
- Cut the two pieces of narrow or clear elastic.
- On the inside of the band seam allowance, stretch the elastic as you sew, and sew the elastic in place with a wide zig-zag or triple stretch stitch. Repeat for the other side, stitching the elastic to the wrong side over the line you marked in the previous step.
- Turn over the top and bottom of your band ½ inch and stitch all the way round.
- Try on the dress and move the waist band into place. Decide where you want it, line up the seams on the dress with the seams on the band and pin in place.
- Stitch from the right side, along the side seams to hold the band in place.
- Try on the dress and check the length. Mark where you want the hem to fall and pin in place. Finish the bottom hemline.
I would really love to see what you make with this idea and pattern – either a t-shirt and skirt like in my examples, or a full dress, or a dress with a contrast waist band. Do share by taking a couple of snaps and uploading them to the project page on Craftsy and link them to the pattern. Thanks.