first, you start with an old concert t-shirt…

If, like me, you’re a female child of the ’80s, chances are you’ve got a stash of these oversized concert tees, am I right? Oversized because, back in the 80s and 90s, most bands only offered “unisex” (yeah right) sizes. We wear them only to bed, yet we can’t bear to part with them.

Well here’s an idea. With just a few snips and seams — presto change-o — you can have a tunic/dress!

For The Smiths dress below, I used the extra material from the original sleeves to make the yoke. I was lucky enough to have some blue knit jersey in my fabric stash that worked perfectly with the Radiohead tee. For the yokes, I used Built By Wendy pattern 3692. Then, I simply took in the original side seams and gathered the tops to fit the yokes. Don’t know if you can tell at first glance (please say you can’t!) but I accidentally sewed the back yoke on to the front of the Radiohead dress, that’s why my neckline is higher than it should be…and when you look at it from the back, it’s more noticeble that it’s backwards. 😐 Oh well. It’s still wearable, and that constitutes a success in my book.

6 thoughts on “first, you start with an old concert t-shirt…

  1. they are both so cool, i especially love the smiths one! and if you were to sew the yokes backwards on any themed dress, radiohead would most certainly be the one to do it on.

  2. What a brilliant idea! I might have to do a dig and see if I still have my old t-shirts that I was toying with throwing out when I moved… I can’t remember what i did with them!

  3. Hi..LOVE your Tunic Dress..saw it in 08 and have finally got around to wanting to make it..I can’t find the pattern on Burda and was wondering if you still had it on your computer?? Wondering if you would consider emailing me a copy?? 😉
    I realise this is cheeky and would hate for you to have to search through to find it..Just getting a little desperate here! Any ideas of where I might find it?
    Best wishes

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