Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Upcycled T-shirt

I am so excited to tell you I jogged TWO MILES tonight!!  (without stopping for a breather)  Wahoo!!   I feel like I'm finally getting somewhere.  Honestly, when I started jogging, I was thinking.... I'm never going to be able to do this.   But look at me now, Mr. doubtful....  two miles :)

So anyway onto the t-shirt up cycle.
I bought a few long sleeved t-shirts on clearance for $3.00 hoping I could make some cute short sleeved shirts for the summer.   This was very easy and didn't take long at all since there was no hemming involved

  1. First step was to fold the shirt in half, line the sleeves up and cut them both off the length I wanted at the same time.   This way they were the same length without all the measuring fuss. I just left the sleeves since knit won't fray and I like how it rolls a little bit.
  2. Next I used my disappearing ink sewing marker to draw the v- neck and cut that out.   I only cut out the front part of the neck and left the back alone.
  3. cut 2 rectangular pieces from the sleeves for the ruffled neck..  This I just kinda eye balled how much I would need and pinned them on the front of the shirt.   
  4. Since I didn't want sewed ruffles I just  pinched and pinned the pieces of fabric in random spots on either side of the v neck
  5. Sewed the pieces along the shoulder seam and to the back of the neckline.Sewed and back-stitched  each of the pinned spots a little just enough to hold it in place.  I then had to trim all the threads.
  6. Then to make the bow I just cut another rectangle piece of the sleeve, folded it in half and sewed the edge to make a smaller rectangle.   pinched it together with a piece of the neck line that I cut off and hand stitched it together.   and then hand stitched it to the shirt 
hope these pictures help a little:

Yes those are pins, this is the before it was sewn picture.   But the after it was sewn picture looks the same just without the pins :)

I'm thinking about adding some pearls or something...  guess we'll see.
What do you think?    have you done any up cycled tops recently?

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  1. Really cute! i think i'd leave the pins for a little extra excitement! haha. No, actually i think its really great the way it is. ( i vote no to pearls) :)
    Oh, and i really like the sleeves! super cute.

    (by the way, found your blog through sewmuchado)

  2. I think it looks great! Very creative, I might try this one!

  3. This looks great, I'd love to try something like this!