Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Frilly No Sew T Shirt Refashion

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I'm thinking of trying a new weekly feature: "T-Shirt Tuesdays."  Because I (and you?) seem to have more t-shirts than I can wear, I'd love to have a weekly feature on how to upcycle, recycle, and refashion a t-shirt.

Your thoughts?

Here's the first one:

 I'm not a Hello Kitty fan.  But someone out there is... or was.

I found this long sleeve tight-fitting shirt at the thrift store & picked it up for 20 cents.

Refashioning it was very easy.  

First, I cut off the sleeves.  Then, I put the shirt on again to measure where I wanted my new armpits to be.  You can easily do this yourself - just a pin or chalk and mark on yourself (while wearing the shirt) where you want them to be.

From this armpit mark, draw a straight line from the mark to the bottom of the shirt.

 Then, up along the front/back seam.

Cut little fringes from the outside of the shirt to the straight line you drew earlier.
 Tie them in little knots (make sure they're secure or OOPS! your top will come unravelled.  This isn't the look we're going for...)

You can also cut off the bottom hem if you want.  I did.
Find a hallway mirror & take photos of the shirt.

 This one was very easy, and can easily be done in less than 20 minutes.

Good luck!!  If you do this refashion, I'd love to see your photos!!  Post them on the comments or email them to me & I'll post them (with your permission).

Check in again next Tuesday for another t-shirt upcycle, recycle, and refashion.


  1. I've been looking for tutes to make tight shirts more comfortable. i've been thinking of cutting the sides and adding something like lace or granny squares. I do love this for an extra sized shirt though! Great final look!

  2. Okay, I used a larger shirt that was given to me at a Christian Youth group concert. I wasn't so sure about the symmetry so I used the extra hem from the short sleeves I cut off and tied up one sleeve.

  3. I can't figure out how to put a pic so I'll email you!

  4. I wanted to leave a note for Student of Scripture who was looking for ideas for making tight t-shirts more comfortable. I've done this a few ways and liked the end result each time.
    1. If the t-shirt is longer than you need you can cut the bottom off, then cut apart the t-shirt at both sides seams from the hem straight up through the end of the sleeve, then and use that extra fabric to sew an insert that will now make your t-shirt a bit bigger. If your sleeves fit fine and it's only the body that needs to be enlarged you can cut from the hem and stop at the bottom of the arm hole.
    2. Instead of using a strip from the same t-shirt use a piece of lace, another t-shirt or a scarf.


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