NYMCN: T-shirt Transformations

by This is Carrie on June 17, 2008

Not Your Mama’s Craft Night (kindly hosted by my cool friend Kelly) consisted of T-shirt Transformations this month. In preparation, I made an infant gown pattern to share around (and a rockin’ sample to test the pattern). I also brought my latest pair of fab t-shirt crop pants (made from my turning-30-doesn’t-suck-because-I-am-at-a-Garth-Brooks-concert-T) and the how-to information for making such a pant. More pictures here.

During the actual craft night I only had time to make up one little pair of t-shirt pants. But I had even more fun helping friends make T-shirt transformations of their own.

Check out the awesome creations of Chloe (who just happened to be visiting), Chelsea &

And here are some more t-shirt transformations from my past:
Say No to Drugs
Maui is Cool
Harley Davidson Dress
Stripey Pants
I Heart T-shirt Pants
NYC Dept. of Sanitation
George Strait Pants
I Heart NYC
Grease for Kids
Ride CA

P.S. Did you notice the studs down the side of my Garth pants? Bringing the Bedazzler back baby.


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bethany June 19, 2008 at 7:41 am

You don’t know me from Adam, but I found you through Kelly’s blog and am totally impressed with all of the cute things you are making from old shirts!! I’m having a baby girl soon and totally have old concert shirts that I’d love to turn into little gowns-is there any way I could get that pattern you used to make them or a tutorial of some kind? I can sew, but I’m just not sure if I’m creative enough to come up with how to begin….
Also, on the Harley shirt/dress on your Flickr account, did you use a contrasting cotton fabric for the top or is that just more t-shirt? Sorry for all the questions!! Thanks!


Coleen & Kelly June 19, 2008 at 9:21 am

you rock! the pants are hot!


Coleen & Kelly June 19, 2008 at 9:21 am

you rock! the pants are hot!


TftCarrie June 20, 2008 at 5:56 am

Hey Bethany!

Thanks for the compliments. You’re welcome to comment on my blog anytime!:)

I think Kelly is going to hook you up with the pattern for the gown.

As for the Harley dress, it is a piece of brown crocheted lace sewn in a square yoke shape. I think if you click the link and then click forward or back you will find a close up picture of the yoke.

And just have fun experimenting with the shirts. You’ll come up with some great things I am sure!


alibop June 20, 2008 at 9:21 pm

I do love these pants…They are super comfy.

I am also a Garth Brooks fan and think your pants are cute enough to actually wear out in public.

I’m going to have to make another pair that I too can wear out in public – the tie dye ones are fun but…

I’ll also make some for all the babies!

Thanks for the idea


bethany June 20, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Thanks Carrie! Kelly said that you guys just took apart an existing gown ..I’m just a little worried about the sleeves-if you have any hints about that, I’d love to hear!!
You guys did inspire me to try my own t-shirt transformation. I started with a little dress (kind of like a pillowcase dress). I need to make the arm holes smaller next time, but overall, I like the way it turned out. Here’s the link if you want to take a look:


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