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Tetris Dress!

Added Aug 14, 2012

by Julia Morley

Pittsburgh, Penn...






Because who doesn’t want a tetris dress in their closet?

Oh man, this dress. I can’t even remember how long it’s been in progress. It’s the kind of project you take on, knowing it will take forever and that it has the potential to be a complete disaster. This one is officially my little black dress for my 52 weeks of sewing project. I don’t care if it’s not all black.

It’s actually made of seven T-Shirts (I have so much extra clothing, I’m totally on the refashion bandwagon), cut into little 33 inch squares, and basically quilted together. This is where I knew the project was sort of dangerous – that much seaming on that much stretchy fabric = lots of potential for a dress that hangs super funky. And you can see it in the pictures, it does kind of hang funky. I’m still at a loss as to how to fix that. More water and more pressing is the best idea I have so far.

The bodice is loosely based on Simplicity 2176. Except I sewed it in jersey knit, rather than the recommended not-so-stretchy fabrics. And I didn’t line it. And I didn’t put a zipper in. I tried to be smart and cut it to the 6 rather than my usual 10 thinking that would account for the stretch of the fabric – not so! I had to take it in another 2 inches at the end to get it to fit.

Material Notes

repurposed t-shirts, jersey knit




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Geek, Mod

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    Aug 24, 2012, 08.27 AMby Zaiba Shaikh

    Soooo Cooool!

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    Aug 15, 2012, 07.43 PMby bjr99

    Great dress! Love the colors!!

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    Aug 15, 2012, 07.33 AMby natfraga

    I love your dress SO much!!!

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    Aug 15, 2012, 02.38 AMby reliablechef

    I really like this. I think if you use some vlieseline it might help it keep it’s shape better. IDK still cool

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      Aug 15, 2012, 03.53 AMby Julia Morley

      Thanks! I’ve been toying with the interfacing idea but I’m a bit afraid of the bulk and stiffness it might cause! I probably will try it anyway, though :-)

      Thanks again!

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    Aug 14, 2012, 07.34 AMby Madcinderella

    So cool and SO CUTE! I love your dress!

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    Aug 14, 2012, 07.27 AMby Mary Athey

    Oh wow!!! this is a fab piece of work the squares are so neat and the dress is wonderfull. xx

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    Aug 14, 2012, 07.06 AMby Tam Huynh

    That is perhaps the best little black dress I’ve seen yet =DD So cool!!

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    Aug 14, 2012, 04.57 AMby leokadia

    Eine tolle Idee!!!!

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    Aug 14, 2012, 04.07 AMby bethmaryharley

    I am so impressed! I can’t believe how much work went into this dress – and it looks great! :)

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