Helen's Jackson Tee Shirt Dress Hack

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Jackson Tee Dress

Helen's Jackson Tee Shirt Dress Hack

I’m back with another fun pattern hack to share with you! This Jackson Tee dress is such a simple and effective way to get even more out of our everyday Jackson Tee pattern. You could even lengthen the Jackson Pullover view to a tunic or dress, too! 

How to Lengthen the Jackson Tee to a Dress

This pattern hack is perfect for beginners out there. You simply need to cut at the lengthen and shorten lines and add the amount you wish to extend the pattern by. You will need extra fabric to make this hack—add an extra half meter or yard for sizes 0-14 and an extra meter or yard for sizes 16-34. If you want to lengthen it longer than shown here, add more.

Helen's Jackson Tee Shirt Dress Hack
Helen's Jackson Tee Shirt Dress Hack
Helen's Jackson Tee Shirt Dress Hack
Helen's Jackson Tee Shirt Dress Hack


I opted for a finished length of 41″ (104 cm) for this Jackson Tee dress. You can measure this by holding the measuring tape up at your shoulder and letting it hang down. Don’t forget to add your shoulder seam allowance and your hem allowance! If in doubt, make it a bit longer and you can always hem it shorter. 

Jackson Tee Dress Hack Technical Illustration

I extended this Jackson Tee following the slight angle of the side seam. You can increase this angle if your hips fall into a larger size or if you want more room around the hips. Measure the pattern around the hip area and multiply it by four to figure out approximately how much room you have there.

Jackson Tee Dress Hack Technical Illustration

Once you have made your length adjustment, you sew the Jackson Tee as usual! It’s a super quick sew and you’ll have a new t-shirt dress in no time! If you want to add pockets, you can totally do so. I would suggest two knit patch pockets on the dress front. You can sew these on using a straight stitch. If lengthening the pullover view, you could add a kangaroo pocket! 

Jackson Tee Dress Hack Idea

This dress will get a lot of wear in the warmer months but I think it will be a favourite in the fall and winter, too. I can see it layered over leggings and paired with a cozy flannel shirt. This hack would also make the perfect night shirt! I made this version using a 100% cotton jersey from Blackbird Fabrics.

Helen's Jackson Tee Shirt Dress Hack
Helen's Jackson Tee Shirt Dress Hack
Helen's Jackson Tee Shirt Dress Hack
Helen's Jackson Tee Shirt Dress Hack

If you want to take this hack one step further, you could lengthen the pattern into a long dress and add a waist tie or waist elastic. You may want to add side slits or increase the A-line shape to ensure you are able to walk comfortably! 

Jackson Tee Dress Hack Idea
Jackson Tee Dress Hack Idea

I hope you enjoyed checking out this Jackson Tee hack. I hope you try it! I know I’ll be reaching for this one a lot this summer. 

Helen's Jackson Tee Shirt Dress Hack
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Helen

Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

2 Comments on “Jackson Tee Dress”

  1. Hi Helen,
    Thank you so much for the Jackson Tee hack. It’s so useful for me. I will definitely make this Jackson tee dress.

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