Sunday, June 24, 2012

T-shirt redo

Last week, I was cleaning out some old bins that I had in our spare room. One was full of old t-shirts that I had from when I was in high school and from marching drum corps. I never really wear any of them, especially since a few of them are way oversized and not fit for use besides PJs.

You got any t-shirts like that?

I've seen a rash of t-shirt makeovers on blogs and from just poking around on the internet. So, I decided to give it a run. Here where I started....

As I said, I did look at a few blogs and online tutorials.....they were helpful! Ultimately, I kind of just did my own thing. : ) Since the shirt is too big for me, I pinned the sides to take in the shirt.

My next step was to cut off the sleeves. Keep your might need/want to use them!

 Then I ran a seam down each side of the shirt.

I decided to try on my shirt to see exactly how I wanted to fix the top. 

I decided to make a shirt that tied through the front and the back of the top of the shirt. I'm not sure what that is called! I considered doing a halter top. But...I need to wear something underneath and I'm not a huge fan of strapless bras for everyday wear. I thought this would be perfect.

 So, next I cut off the neck ribbing.

I cut from the underarm area and curved it up to the top. After trying it on, I ended up cutting it further in for the right fit. can always cut can't put back what you cut off if you cut too much!

I folded down the top of the shirt and ironed it down and pinned it for the casing....(keep in mind that the shirt is inside out so the wrong side is facing out).

After running the seams along the casing at the top front and back of the shirt, I cut off the band at the bottom of the shirt so I could use a piece of it for the string.

The nice thing about t-shirt jersey is that when you pull it tightly, it curls up nicely!

I pinned a safety pin to the end to thread it through the casing.

After trying it on, it was a little gappy under the arms. So, I took them in a bit to shape the shirt a bit, about an inch down.

And the finished project...

I'm loving my new shirt for summertime...bummin' around in style!

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Francine said...

Great Idea!

Fred Reeder Jr. said...

I'd have you do this to some of my Tesla t-shirts, but I'd cry as soon as you would start cutting (plus, the problem with my shirts is that they've somehow gotten smaller since those rockin' '80s. How do you solve that, Miss Shirt Fixer-Upper?)

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Julie E said...

Cool idea! I have tons of sponsor t-shirt from drum corps, including Zildjian. This would be great!

Kimberly Sminkey said...

This is so cool, i've been thinking of a way to change up a baseball shirt I just received to wear to my son's All star baseball games {it's so bulky and hot} I think your tute came at the perfect time... perhaps I'll hack that sucker up tomorrow!
Thanks for sharing at tip toe thru tuesday!

Honey at 2805 said...

Good idea and cool, too!

Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

DearHelenHartman said...

Super cute. I can't wait to show my daughter your creative solution for making the most of her shirts.

Anonymous said...

How cute!

CC said...

What a great idea! I too have a zillion shirts from years ago. I rarely wear t-shirts, so this might be a good thing to try out. :)

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...

Great job!

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