Inspiration for the Upcycled T-Shirt Romper and Dress

Learn how to use adult clothing to make a romper or dress for babies and toddlers. Get some inspiration for the Upcycled T-Shirt Romper and Dress Sewing Pattern!

The Upcycled T-Shirt Romper and Dress pattern just released, and I’d like to share some sewing inspiration for this pattern to give you motivation. There are so many details and pattern hacks you can do to make this pattern work for you!

What is a PDF sewing pattern?

A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.

I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!

How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?

Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.

Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again.

Inspiration for the Upcycled T-Shirt Romper and Dress

Inspiration for the Upcycled T-Shirt Romper

upcycled t-shirt pattern

The reason and inspiration for this pattern was because of the original t-shirt romper that I made. I love rompers on babies and toddlers because it’s so easy for them to wear! Here are some ideas that you can do with the romper version of the pattern:

  • Make a romper out of a sweater
  • Make a romper out of a henley for a nice button up front
  • Add a faux drawstring waist
  • Use a really fun graphic tee
  • Add kneepads
  • Add your own iron-on vinyl with a funny saying
  • Use a lightweight sweatershirt
  • Add a kangaroo pocket
  • Switch up the sleeve and pants length

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Inspiration for the Upcycled T-Shirt Dress

upcycled t-shirt pattern

The quickest version of the pattern is the a-line dress version. It’s so fast and I love making it for gifts. It’s a blank slate so you can really do anything with it. Here is some inspiration for the a-line dress:

  • Add front pockets
  • Use a sweater to make the dress
  • Use a really fun graphic tee
  • Add lace to the hem
  • Add polka dots or pompoms
  • Add ruffles at the sleeves
  • Add a ruffle at the hem
  • Add a drawstring waist
  • Add side pockets with ruffles

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Inspiration for the Upcycled T-Shirt Dress with Gathered Skirt

upcycled t-shirt pattern

The dress with a gathered skirt version is a really popular look right now. You can find it in almost every store! I love this one because there is no hemming involved. Here are some ideas for the gathered skirt dress version:

  • Use a shirt with a curved hemline
  • Add ruffles to the waist
  • Use a t-shirt with an all-over print
  • Lengthen the bodice and shorten the skirt for a peplum top
  • Add a faux drawstring
  • Add a skirt from a different t-shirt
  • Lengthen the bodice
  • Add pockets
  • Add sleeve ruffles
  • Use a henley tee for a button up front
  • Lengthe the bodice for a dropped waist dress

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Buy the Upcycled T-Shirt Romper and Dress Pattern

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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