Sew, Fit and Design a Perfect T-Shirt Dress

Sew a T-Shirt Dress with Pamela Leggitt and Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Sew, Fit and Design a Perfect T-Shirt Dress

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Sew a T-Shirt Dress with Pamela Leggitt and Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Dress up your wardrobe, literally. During the perfect tee Sewing With Nancy mini-series, my guest and pattern designer Pamela Leggett shares fitting, sewing, and designing techniques for a classic tee dress. Join us on the second episode of Sewing The Perfect T-Shirt, this time concentrating on making a dress. Watch online, on DVD, or on PBS.

Once you know how to fit a tee top, as featured in the first episode, applying that knowledge to a classic tee shirt dress is a natural progression.

Just a Few Tips on What You’ll Learn

  • See how easy it is to modify the neckline.Sew a T-Shirt Dress with Pamela Leggitt and Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy
  • Sew or serge the sleeve to the armhole with a fast flat construction technique.

Sew a T-Shirt Dress with Pamela Leggitt and Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

  • Check side seams for fitting. You’ll learn how to custom-fit your T-shirt dress during the sewing process. Plus, you’ll trim the pattern tissue and fabric at the same time so your pattern will be fine-tuned for sewing your next T-shirt dress.

Sew a T-Shirt Dress with Pamela Leggitt and Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy
Sew a T-Shirt Dress with Pamela Leggitt and Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

  • Learn hem options; fuse first, stitch second is the key for the perfect blind hem.

Sew a T-Shirt Dress with Pamela Leggitt and Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

  • Add a designer touch by color-blocking your dress pattern.

Sew a T-Shirt Dress with Pamela Leggitt and Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Info on the pattern:

The Classic T-Shirt Dress pattern by Pamela Leggett is available at Nancy’s Notions. Read more about the pattern fit, style variations, and sizes on Pamela’s website, here.

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Watch Sew the Perfect T-Shirt (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

For a chance to win a copy of The The Perfect T-Shirt Pattern from Pamela Leggett, please leave a comment below.

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104 Comments

  • Marsha Dimond
    March 30, 2017

    I have watched Pamela’s videos several times. I am going to try it this spring.

  • Denise Rich
    March 30, 2017

    I love that colorblocking option!

  • Eileen Weller
    March 30, 2017

    Nice! Interested to see fitting tips for various body shapes.

  • Lesley Drury
    March 30, 2017

    A great program with a lot of really helpful information. Nancy, you never fail in teaching us so much. After every new program, I look back at previous programs. I always find something new and useful I missed the first time. Keep them coming!

  • Wendy
    March 30, 2017

    Great dress options for summer.

  • Marion Blake
    March 30, 2017

    That looks like it would be easy to fit to my larger than average upper arms, and I love the color blocking option. I haven’t been sewing clothing for a long time because it is so difficult to get patterns to fit.

  • Cyndi D
    March 30, 2017

    This is a great book and series. I am short waisted, but I have long arms and this book would be very helpful for t-shirt making!

  • Sherrie Petersen
    March 30, 2017

    That dress like it would be comfortable to wear. I personally like the black dress with the flowers.

  • Carol
    March 30, 2017

    I can always use a new T-shirt and this pattern has lots of possibilities!

  • Gaye Gunderson
    March 30, 2017

    Love this look, would love to try it, I’ve never sewn a dress, only a little quilting!

  • Gabrielle
    March 30, 2017

    I would love tottery this dress pattern, looks simple but easy to custom fit.

  • Mary Anne Ahtye
    March 30, 2017

    Love watching Sewing With Nancy on TV and appreciate the tutorials on sewing T-shirts especially with Pamela Leggett’s videos with you.

  • Patty Sack
    March 30, 2017

    I can’t wait to make my first T-shirt dress. Great inspiration!

  • Julie Kill
    March 30, 2017

    Love the Black dress with the flowers! T- shirts are my work attire.
    This pattern and the knowledge it includes for fitting would help me to expand my work wardrobe!
    thanks again Nancy for great sewing tips and ideas!

  • Sandra Cantrell
    March 30, 2017

    Both my daughters would look great in this pattern. Might even try one for myself.

  • BevM
    March 30, 2017

    I would like to see if the color blocking would camouflage my tummy!

  • Miriam
    March 30, 2017

    Oh I love Pamela Leggett! She is an excellent instructor would love to get this pattern.

  • Clovis
    March 30, 2017

    Love it. Perfect for the summer with a flowery material and year round. It would hug the body.

  • Terry L. AMATO
    March 30, 2017

    Love the neck line options.

  • Brenda Lee
    March 30, 2017

    I have been thinking about buying the pattern, just to see if I could do this without making a mess. What a wonderful way to try it out!

  • Ennis A
    March 30, 2017

    A challenge for sure!! But I would love to have the Perfect T Shirt. The Info and to try the project!!! More sewing, my favorite thing to do!!! Thanks!!

  • Vicky
    March 30, 2017

    I’ve always wanted to try making a tshirt. Now I am truly inspired!
    Thank you!

  • Jana
    March 30, 2017

    I would love to win this pattern and see the perfect fit on my top and wear it for my birthday in April. Thank you

  • Twyla
    March 30, 2017

    What a nice giveaway. Would like to sew up a T-shirt with your pattern.

  • Bonnye
    March 30, 2017

    I really like the new color blocking. It can hide some areas that need to be hidden. The t shirt pattern would be a nice beginning .

  • Nancy
    March 30, 2017

    I’ve been thinking of some nice tee shirt dresses for summer. Would love to try this T pattern.

  • Edna Marks
    March 30, 2017

    love to make many t-shirts using this pattern

  • Nancy Scierka
    March 30, 2017

    My daughter-in-law would love this dress, she is a kindergarten teacher!

  • Laura Melvin
    March 30, 2017

    I have just the fabric to use to make this dress. I have been looking for just the right pattern!

  • Donna
    March 30, 2017

    I love well fitting t-shirts use to make them all the time lol time for a new pattern and I did make my t-shirts into dresses and they were good for many occasions

    glad to see someone bringing them back can’t wait to try a new one

  • Candice
    March 30, 2017

    I got to meet Pamela at the Puyallup Sewing Expo (loved her class on Shapewear). It’s been years since I’ve done T-shirts, but I’m ready to start. There’s even fabric in my reserve closet!

  • danielle barr
    March 30, 2017

    Love the idea of t-shirt dresses. easy to make and easy to wear for work in summer, and still look professional

  • Pat Mailen
    March 30, 2017

    I’m trying to tech my 18 yr old granddaughter to sew (she is a very enthusiastic student). You know that at her age it’s all about t-shirts and prom dresses. Here is the problem. I’ve forgotten much of what I knew about sewing. I’m struggling but her excitement boosts me up and I just love it when she comes over to sew. I can hardly wait to show her this e-mail.
    She will be here bright and early Saturday to finish that prom dress. Looking good!

  • Judy Hart
    March 30, 2017

    AS i HAVE LOST SOME WEIGHT WITH MORE TO LOSE, I NEED A WARDROBE REVAMP. THIS PATTERN WOULD GIVE ME SO MUCH VERSATILITY. I REALLY LIKE BEING ABLE TO CHANGE THE NECKLINES, SLEEVES AND LENGTH. COLOR BLOCKING IS A WONDERFUL BENEFIT ADDITION.

  • Susan Spiers
    March 30, 2017

    Great tips! Thank you, Susan

  • Joyce W.
    March 30, 2017

    Because my body shape is three different sizes, it’s hard to find ready- made dresses and patterns that fit and look good on me. That is why for years I have not made my clothes. This pattern looks as if it would be a solution for this problem. I would love to try this pattern. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Starla
    March 30, 2017

    Does this guide talk about finding the right fabric to use? That would be helpful to me. I’m a little lost in the fabric store once I leave the quilting fabric.

  • Diane Kettleson
    March 30, 2017

    Would love to try this pattern out. Looks so comfortable and I like the adjustments to fit my body type.

  • Daun B
    March 30, 2017

    I have a wonderful assortment of t-shirt material and this would be a nice way to improve my wardrobe and use some of it up.

  • Mary Brock
    March 30, 2017

    Love the pattern! Classic lines but with updated looks. Great job!

  • Jerri L uffelman
    March 30, 2017

    Love this t-shirt dress! I’m looking forward to the program on my local PBS station! Thank you for bringing us such quality, innovative programming. I watch every week! 🙂

  • KayZee
    March 30, 2017

    I’ve read good reviews of this pattern. I’d love to try it. Finding quality knit fabric in a store is difficult, though.

  • Jeanette
    March 30, 2017

    Such lovely dresses! Sure wish I could make a comfortable dress that would be so flattering on me.

  • Pat
    March 30, 2017

    What a wonderful, classic pattern for a dress. Perfect for any season but the version in the floral print certainly appeals with Spring here (well, almost). Thanks for the chance to win this pattern.

  • Carol Campbell
    March 30, 2017

    Perfect pattern for an imperfect figure! I really want this pattern and will definitely follow this class. I took Nancy’s Knit Dress class and love my dress. I’m ready for the next level!

  • Theresa Brooks
    March 30, 2017

    I love this. My wardrobe really needs updating!

  • Debra
    March 30, 2017

    I’ve been thinking about making a couple casual dresses for spring and summer and this pattern looks like it would be perfect. It’s been a long time since I’ve sewn t-shirts but I think I could dust off my serger!

  • Cherie
    March 30, 2017

    What a lovely dress! I so want to make it. Thank you!

  • Valerie
    March 30, 2017

    This looks great and so easy! I’d love to make this dress and several t-shirts.

  • Ilana
    March 30, 2017

    I think some t-shirt dresses would be just what the doctor ordered for the warm spring and summer here in the California desert.

  • Linda Shumway
    March 30, 2017

    Sure would like to try this. I’m a quilter so this would take a huge leap of faith.

  • M Smith
    March 30, 2017

    This is right up my alley! I need t-shirts and a few dresses would be fantastic. Love the color blocking would look great on a t-shirt. Definitely have to add this to my library!

  • Nancy Lewis
    March 30, 2017

    I love sewing with knits and would love to have this pattern to make some dresses.

  • Debbie Parker
    March 30, 2017

    Yes I would be excited to win the tee shirt
    Pattern. I love to go to my sewing room and relax. I would get to go shopping and buy a perfect print for the pattern. It is fun to dream.

  • Loretta McDonald
    March 30, 2017

    It is nice that you can make the t-shirts in different styles. It would be perfect for any time of the year. Plus it would be a challenge for me since I have not made clothing for many moons.

  • Jan N.
    March 30, 2017

    Such a great basic pattern that would be great to make multiple changes to it for different looks. Thank you for the chance to win this pattern.

  • Charlotte
    March 30, 2017

    Beautiful pattern! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  • Sunni
    March 30, 2017

    So easy and comfy for summer. Easy breezy. Dress up or down. I’m deciding on color for the color block pattern which is so cute! Thanks for videos and photos…. and a chance to win.

  • Mary Tague
    March 30, 2017

    What a comfortable looking dress! It would be perfect for my upcoming trip to Europe!

  • Jeanette withrow
    March 30, 2017

    The tea shirt dress looks very comfortable and easy to make. The flowered fabric is beautiful.

  • Noreen
    March 30, 2017

    I like a pattern that has different design features. Thanks for the chance to win it. And thanks, Nancy, for the tips.

  • Mary Zana Lawson
    March 30, 2017

    I’m just starting to sew my own clothes again. This is a good place to begin.

  • Jan
    March 30, 2017

    Great pattern with easy, straight forward instructions in the video

  • Karen M
    March 30, 2017

    Will the top of the t-shirt dress work as a tshirt. I want both patterns.

  • Reggie Geier
    March 30, 2017

    I have not had good luck in the past getting t-shirts to fit correctly. Would love to win this,

  • Kathleen Kutz
    March 30, 2017

    I would love to make T-shirt dresses as most of the year I live in Puerto Vallarta.

  • Brenda
    March 30, 2017

    Finally a T shirt that fits. I would love to win this pattern.

  • Arlene Burger
    March 30, 2017

    I like this pattern a lot. Nice simple style. Thanks for all your tips to help us sew better.

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    March 30, 2017

    I’m a huge fan of Pamela’s. I love her patterns (I have most of them already – including her Tee and her cardigan) and I’ve really enjoyed taking her course on Craftsy. I refer to it often when I’m going to sew another knit top. Can’t recommend her highly enough!

  • Ruth Chapman
    March 30, 2017

    After looking at knit tee shirt dresses at a pop up party I decided I’d better get back into sewing. This will be the perfect pattern to start with.

  • Paula Forgione
    March 30, 2017

    I LOVE the flower pattern on this t-shirt dress. It’s so flattering for almost any shape. Can’t wait to give it a shot!

  • Becky
    March 30, 2017

    This has such a nice elegant classic look. I like that it can be dressed up or down. Using the serger to make a garment while fitting? Wow! Would love to win this pattern!!

  • Mary Hutteman
    March 30, 2017

    I love the choices in length and necklines.

  • Diane
    March 30, 2017

    I love the variations shown, what a great idea to color block.
    This pattern would be wonderful to have. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Valerie Antosh
    March 30, 2017

    I really like this pattern and would love to make the t-shirts and dresses. I like the color block idea especially.

  • Elaine
    March 30, 2017

    What a wonderfully versatile pattern!

  • Judy A. Gondal
    March 30, 2017

    Love Pamela’s patterns. I’ve been to a class of hers – it was so helpful with fitting a pattern. She is a wonderful instructor and her patterns are great!

  • S Carter
    March 30, 2017

    I love this tutorial! I especially like the color block t shirt dress. Thanks for all the tips.

  • Beverly
    March 30, 2017

    Having been one size on top and another on the bottom, fitting patterns has always been a challenge. I love the idea of making a master pattern that works for me!

  • Pauline Sawatsky
    March 30, 2017

    Looks like a comfortable dress to wear and not too hard to sew. Would love to win and try it.

  • Barbara Maloney
    March 30, 2017

    I am new to serging so this was invaluable to me as I have so much to learn.

  • Sandra
    March 31, 2017

    Would love to win!

  • Michelle Hall
    March 31, 2017

    looks like a great basic pattern

  • Judy
    March 31, 2017

    This looks like a great easy to make dress and I love the color blocking version.

  • Tresa
    March 31, 2017

    I would love to win.

  • LadyD
    March 31, 2017

    Dresses have not been my style for many years, but I find this one strangely appealing… would love to win.

  • Tina Lucera
    April 1, 2017

    I have gotten away from wearing dresses. This looks like a good pattern to fit me so I would consider starting to wear them again. Along with all the tips for easy construction, it has gotten my interest!

  • Marti Morgan
    April 1, 2017

    This is surely something I need to learn. So bad at fitting and would love to have a few t-shirt dresses.

  • Madge
    April 1, 2017

    Love this two part series on sewing with knits. How to choose the correct fabric, how to customize the fit and look as well as tips on working with knits. Thanks for all you do to make our sewing life more enjoyable and more professional looking.

  • Karen Tanney
    April 1, 2017

    I’d told myself that I would learn to sew when I retired. I’m retired but intimidated to start sewing again. I’m a beginner with a basic sewing machine. I own an inexpensive t-shirt dress and love the concept, but would really enjoy sewing and wearing dresses made from quality fabrics and fitted to my body shape. The pattern would encourage me to go forward. Thank you for the opportunity to win the pattern. ( of course I’d definitely need to view your sessions

  • Jodie S
    April 2, 2017

    I have a new serger that I’m learning to use and this would be a great project for it. It’s simple, yet covers a lot of sewing techniques.

  • Marty
    April 2, 2017

    I have considered sewing my daughter a knit dress; this looks like a perfect pattern for her professional wardrobe!

  • Kay
    April 2, 2017

    Great pattern. The ability to modify it for different styles is an added bonus without having to buy more patterns.

  • Merry Jane
    April 3, 2017

    I believe this is the perfect pattern for Florida.

  • D Smith
    April 3, 2017

    Thank you both for posting this via printed and video media. This is so very helpful. Appreciate your generosity and sharing your skills and knowledge.

  • Rosalie Longo
    April 4, 2017

    I ‘sew’ want to make this dress. You make it look so easy. I’m a quilter but have seen clothing way back in the 70’s!!!

  • Bonnie
    April 4, 2017

    What a perfect dress for the summer! I love the color-blocked option.

  • Ann
    April 4, 2017

    I love the comfort of a tee shirt dress, but off the rack doesn’t hang well on me. I’d love to make my own with just the right adjustments! Thanks Nancy!

  • Sonja Jefferson
    April 4, 2017

    Ladies thank you, I’m dyslexic and the way this was produced is awesome for someone in my shoes. I get it now, you know those little tips and tricks one learns along the way.

    I did not know the name of the first neck shape, wow, right. I mean, I came to a place I could not proceed to learn more about sewing and fabrics, due to not reading well. Constantly reversing concepts, I drove myself crazy.

    Videos like this are the cat’s meow so to speak. I get so pumped and motivated when I see your videos, Nancy. Thanks Bunches

  • LindaC in AZ
    April 7, 2017

    I live in t-shirts and would love to win this and try the different options.

  • Nanda V
    April 7, 2017

    The t-shirt and t-shirt dress have so many options ! I just love the kind-of-square neckline with rounded corners. It looks so interesting and smooth. I can’t wait to start sewing my own “perfect” t-shirts and dresses that actually fit without underarm creases.

  • Sue Anne R
    April 8, 2017

    After many years of quilting, I have started back into garment sewing. I have been having fun creating my own looks again.

  • Mary Green
    April 8, 2017

    I would really like to have a good basic t-shirt pattern.

  • Janet c
    April 8, 2017

    Love the versatility of this dress,

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