Derby Style T-Shirt Dress Tutorial

Sponsored by Glam Fabrics

T-shirt bow dress tutorial and pattern from Coral and Co.
T-shirt bow dress tutorial and pattern from Coral and Co.

I am so so excited, the Kentucky Derby will be happening again soon!  If your wondering why this makes me so excited let me explain.  I was born in Lexington, Kentucky, spent 8 years there during my 20's and believe it or not...my dad is jockey!  Yes, for real.  In fact my family has and still does race horses in Lexington.  Even while growing up in California my entire childhood was spent around horses.  I guess you could say I have never know a life without horses.

DIY T-shirt dress pattern and tutorial with two bow options. Perfect for Derby Day. By Coral and Co.
DIY T-shirt dress pattern and tutorial with two bow options. Perfect for Derby Day. By Coral and Co.

So when Melissa Mortenson of The Polka Chair (whose style I simply adore) came out with her horse-centric fabric line Derby Style I just about flipped.  I knew I HAD to do something awesome with these prints.

Glam Fabrics was lovely enough to sponsor this post and sent this fun fabric our way.  Yay!  I happened to have two boat neck style dresses that were getting very short on my girls and when I saw how well they went with this fabric I knew it was a perfect match.

Upcycle T-shirt Dress Pattern and Tutorial. Use coordinating fabric to turn a T-shirt into a little girls dress. Made by Coral and Co.
Upcycle T-shirt Dress Pattern and Tutorial. Use coordinating fabric to turn a T-shirt into a little girls dress. Made by Coral and Co.

So I have a super easy and fun Derby Dress Pattern and Tutorial with two bow options.  I was able to use a 1/2 yard for each dress.  For the shorter dress (3T) I had a little more fabric and made a larger bow and for the longer dress (5T) I made a smaller bow and attached it at the collar.  You may need a little more fabric if you want a bigger size but this is a great 1/2 yard/upcycle project.

Here are the details for the tutorial.  You can find the bow pattern pieces at the end of the post.

Derby Style T-shirt Dress Tutorial 1 Coral and Co
Derby Style T-shirt Dress Tutorial 1 Coral and Co
derby style t-shirt dress tutorial 2
derby style t-shirt dress tutorial 2
Derby Style T-Shirt Dress Tutorial 3 Coral and Co
Derby Style T-Shirt Dress Tutorial 3 Coral and Co
Derby Style T-Shirt Dress Tutorial 4 Coral and Col
Derby Style T-Shirt Dress Tutorial 4 Coral and Col
Derby Style Dress T-Shirt Tutorial How to Add bow Coral and co
Derby Style Dress T-Shirt Tutorial How to Add bow Coral and co

Download the Fabric Bow Sewing Pattern.  This will give you the correct measurements for the bow.

If you don't have a t-shirt to upcycle my picks for a pattern would be either the Beach Boatneck from Blank Slate Patterns or the Bateau Neck Top from Aesthetic Nest.  And a few striped knits from Glam Fabrics that would work the Derby Style cotton prints.

Hope you have a great Derby Day!

***This post is sponsored by Glam Fabrics, but all the cuteness and opinions are my own!