I recently bought some simple black bamboo fabric from Mood to make up a knee length tshirt dress that could grow with my baby bump and that I could layer through the beginning of winter. I have loved the Mission Maxi Dress pattern so I decided to use that as my base pattern. I wanted the tshirt dress to have sleeves so I used a favorite tshirt from target to use as my template to add sleeves to the pattern. Here are a few pics of the process.
All of the pattern pieces :
A few things to remember if you are doing a similar thing:
-add 1/4″ seam allowances to all seams
-add about 1 1/4″ to the bottom of the sleeves for the sleeve hems
In the end it was a very easy and quick process. I just traced the front, back, and sleeves of the tshirt from the bust up and added it to the maxi dress pattern. You probably wouldn’t even need the maxi dress pattern. You could just compare the body of the dress to an existing dress that you have and draft the bottom too.
I saw that Mimi posted an online class to do a similar thing for a tshirt maxi dress a few days ago. So if you don’t feel confident winging it this might be a really great option. I am sure it’s a great class.