T-Shirt Tuxedo Dress

We've all been seeing adorable onesies transformed into dresses, so here's my version.

A jersey knit tuxedo dress comfy enough for playtime. Much quicker and simpler than it looks, I promise.

What you need-
Stained onesie
Small t-shirt (I used a youth size M, so I say small but it's not that specific)
Length of lace- mine was to wide so I simply used a scissors to trim it down in a scallop like manner.
2 buttons
Coordinating piece of felt or fleece
Cut the bottom of the onesie off about two inches below the armpits.  Measure how long you want your bib to be, take a square of your felt or fleece, fold it in half and cut a J shape (like you did in kindergarten to cut a heart out).Now you have a U shape for the base of your bib design.

Lay out your t-shirt and cut the bottom off at the length you want for your skirt, then cut another strip off one to two inches wide.  This strip will be a big circle, cut it so that it's one long strip.  You will use this to create your ruffle.

Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length.  Because I don't like to mess with my machine settings any more than I have to I choose to pinch my top thread as I'm sewing to create the ruffle rather than increase the tension setting, that's up to you, the pinching method works great.   Sew one long stitch down the middle of the strip, do NOT back stitch, you will be removing this thread.
Set aside
Lay your felt piece on top of your onesie so that the two tops of the U are at the edge of the neck and pin.

Turn it inside out and cut the exposed felt flush to the neckline.  Turn it right side out again. The neckline you just cut will match the bottom of the seam on the neckline of the onesie.  Sew in place.

Grab the ruffle you made and your lace.  Pin around the edge of your bib.

Using the stitch in your ruffle as a guide, sew a permanent stitch on each side of the temporary stitch.  Remove temporary stitch.

Now to add the skirt.  I did not pin the skirt due to the method I used to ruffle this part.  With right sides together, stretch the onesie out as far as it goes without pulling to hard, DO NOT stretch the skirt fabric!
Sew all the way around, continuing to stretch the onesie as you go. When your done the onsie shrinks back up creating the flow of the skirt.
Almost done!
Choose some fun buttons and hand sew to the bib area.  

Finished! Go play!


  1. This is too cute and so very cool.

    Hi I am a new follow of you blog as of earlier today. Its lovely so I plan to stick aroound.

  2. I love this as a dress! I've seen a few tuxedo shirts, but no dresses. I will feature this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Make sure you get my button. This should drive some traffic your way. You are off to a great start.

  3. love it! thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Ummm... that is so cute! I have to do this!

  5. So cute!

    I am adding you to my reader. HOW did I not find you before now? Love your blog!!

  6. This is soooo cute!!! I just found your blog today through RufflesandStuff!! What do you suggest if I wanna make it for a 5 yr old???

  7. For a 5 year old I would use one of her shirts (instead of a onesie) and a large adult tshirt for the skirt (or you can buy jersey knit by the yard for the skirt).

  8. This is adorable! I want to make one for my niece, but also.....I think I'm gonna try and make one for me! It's just too cute to not try!

  9. Fabby idea for my princess, who always wants to wear her fancy dresses around the house or to grandma's. Now she will feel like she's wearing a dress without mum cracking a hernia that she's going to destroy her best dress :)

    Looks awesome!

  10. What a fabulous little dress!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  11. This is totally cute and totally fabulous! Thanks for sharing the awesome tut~! =-D

  12. This is super cute. I love the red buttons with the gray and white. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Aww, this is so, SO cute! I just clicked over from Craft Gossip and I'm so glad I did. I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.

  14. This is sooo adorable! Thanks you for sharing :)

  15. adorable! I'm going to make one for my little one! Thanks so much,

    Dolly Donations

  16. This is fabulous! Can't wait to try :)