T-Shirt Dress for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: By Itself
Quote of the day: “We do not remember days, we remember moments.” – Casare Pavese
No—you shouldn’t adjust your monitor—you’re not seeing double or triple!! Thanks to my mother and her love of hoarding materials, she found this striped knit material in her stash a couple months ago. Since there was quite a bit of it, and we’re always thinking about the blog, she came up with the idea of t-shirt dresses for the three of us. Thus I bought a pattern that had some variations included, and mom and I crafted the designs so we’d all look somewhat alike yet different.
You may not have a t-shirt dress in your wardrobe right now and you may not feel like it’s something you need for your life. But I’ve been seeing this item all over the younger blogger’s feeds and on Pinterest, so I thought I’d introduce you to the possibility! The way I see it, there are pros & cons to this item. The wonderful thing is everyone loves a t-shirt—the casualness and the comfort, right? So the t-shirt dress shouldn’t be much different?
The disadvantage is that most store bought dresses like these are not very fitted, and the combination of knit material hanging off your body without structure may not be your best friend. Of course this could be remedied by some alterations. In our cases, we were lucky enough to have mom custom make them to fit our body’s specifications—now that’s wonderful service!!
We started out showcasing the dress worn by itself (no layers). Since we’re nearing the end of summer, this could still work for most of us. If you decide this style might be a good fit for you, this could also be a great time to buy the item since it’s the end of the season!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: My variations for my t-shirt dress included the cut out neck, sleeveless and above the knee length skirt. We also decided to keep the stripes going horizontally since I don’t care about looking wider. Mom also had this green trim that we used as vertical “pockets”. They were shown in the pattern as a decorative item.
I’ve been a big fan of the small neck scarves lately, so I added in my pink bandanna for a different color scheme!
For some reason, I like a shoe/boot that covers more of the foot when I’m wearing a shorter skirt. That’s why I picked my ankle boots for this outfit.
Dress: Mom made it (similar here in navy/white)~~Boots: Indigo Rd. (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here a little more colorful)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Bandana: (similar here in red or many other colors—just not pink)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: We decided that Nancy would get the color blocked dress. This green knit material we used for the top half had also been stored away in Mom’s stash with the striped material. We positioned the material so the stripes would be vertical, made the neckline without the cutout, the sleeves short (but not too short) and the length at her knees!
Mom thought that a belt would be essential to differentiate the top and bottom. So I had Nancy put on one for this post. But you’ll see in the next two, she’s not wearing a belt, and I think it looks fine!
Nancy’s dress is not what I’d consider too short; however, I did go with her mules that cover most of her foot. They match her coloring so well, it elongates her legs!
Dress: Mom made it (similar here in different colors)~~Shoes: Franco Sarto (similar here)~~Belt: H&M (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here more elaborate)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Mom saved her t-shirt dress to make for last because she wanted to make it fun and interesting. Thus she had to figure out how to make it work with the pattern we had bought. The smaller striped material was part of this same discovery from her basement. I was so impressed that mom was willing to use it because it’s basically print mixing!! She connected the two materials in a diagonal and changed the length of the sleeves and skirt to be longer!
Of course she has purple ballet flats, so those were her choice of footwear!
Dress: Mom made it (similar here with some differing stripes or here with vertical stripes too)~~Shoes: SO (similar here in a purple suede along with many other colors)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
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