Upcycled t-shirt dress and Fancy swants leggings

This whole outfit was made using a women’s small t-shirt and a men’s jumper… super eco!

The Crafty Kitty | Upcycled T-shirt Dress + Fancy Swants Leggings
I was really fortunate enough to test the Fancy Pants Leggings sewing pattern from Titchy Threads… waaaay back in September. I have been waiting ages to get some decent photos and it kinda isn’t happening so I thought I would just use the photos I have so far and show you what I did.

The Crafty Kitty | Upcycled T-shirt Dress + Fancy Swants Leggings
First up… the fancy pants leggings! The pattern is really easy to put together and is for sizes 0-3months up to 10 years! I made the size 5 for Lily, using a man’s large jumper that was in my upcycling box… which makes them swants really, I guess!

The Crafty Kitty | Upcycled T-shirt Dress + Fancy Swants Leggings It probably won’t work for the larger sizes, but I basically cut off the sleeves and cut up the seam… matching it as best I could to the leg pattern piece. I think they were a little short, but Lily has fairly little legs so it didn’t seem to matter. I also cut off the ribbed hem from the jumper for the waistband, and then cut out the panel piece from the main part of the jumper!

The Crafty Kitty | Upcycled T-shirt Dress + Fancy Swants Leggings
I’ve had a few issues with using ribbing as a waistband, so now I always use clear elastic tape, just to add a little bit of stability!

I always like to make an outfit, rather than a one off piece. It drives me crazy to spend ages making a garment, only to have to go out and buy something new to go with it or worse, have it hang in the wardrobe, unworn.

The Crafty Kitty | Upcycled T-shirt Dress + Fancy Swants Leggings
So I took this t-shirt (UK women’s size 8?) out of the upcycling box and tried it on Lily. The neckline was fine and the sleeves just looked like a relaxed fit sleeve, a bit like those on the tumble tee. Here is the 2 step process to converting into a dress

  1. Try the shirt on your child and mark on both side seams where it needs to be taken in a little.
  2. Shirr a few lines across the back at the place where you marked

Soooo easy!! It really does look like a nice upcycled t-shirt dress! The shirring just adds a little bit more fit!

The Crafty Kitty | Upcycled T-shirt Dress + Fancy Swants Leggings

Lily loves it!

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