Monday, February 16, 2015

DIY T-shirt Re-fashion

I actually completed this a few months ago and never shared it.  Oopsie.  I've gotten a bit more into sewing and finally experimented with clothing!  I had signed up to do a charity walk for work.  For the team t-shirts, they only had men's sizes, so I decided to jazz mine up a bit and make it cute.  Spoiler:  I wasn't able to do the walk after all, so I gave the shirt to my boss to wear.  She was super excited and bragged to everyone that I made it.  Embarrassing. lol

Speaking of embarrassing, here's me modeling my newly re-fashioned shirt!
This is what I started out with.  See?  Boring, over-sized men's shirt.

Side note:  our team's name was "Factor America".  Factor is a medication my work provides for Hemophilia patients and one of my awesome co-workers loves superheroes, so she named the team after Captain America.

So, I put the shirt on inside-out and carefully pinned along the sides to bring it in to make it fit me better.  I used safety pins while I had it on, then used regular pins after I took it off and hemmed up the sides.

Next up, I used some leftover elastic in my stash to ruche the sleeves & sides.  I won't go into how I did it, but if you want to know how, you can use this tutorial that I used.  I have heard that there is such a thing as elastic thread, but couldn't find it at the store, so just used regular elastic which worked all the same.  Since I used leftover elastic, I used the thinnest one I had, but if I were to buy elastic specifically for this, I would have bought something even thinner.

After ruching the sleeves, I tried my shirt on again and pinned where I wanted to take the sleeves in since they were still a bit too big, then hemmed them up.

I trimmed off the excess fabric...

Then zig-zagged the edges just to be on the safe side.  If you have a serger, that would work much better than zig-zagging.

Here's how the sleeves looked after ruching.  Cute (and a little bit crooked)!  I didn't bother buying matching thread since I had planned on only wearing it once for the walk, but normally you would want to buy matching thread.  Otherwise, it's noticeable like this.

I ruched the sides of the shirt, just like I did with the sleeves.  

Then I cut out the collar to open up the neckline a bit more.  I left it as-is, after cutting it.

And one more time with the embarrassing picture, for the final product!  Sure, I could have rolled up the sleeves and tied a knot at the bottom of the shirt, but anyone can do that!  Do this instead!

Originally posted by Adventures in DIY


  1. this is so cute especially considering what it was before!

  2. This turned out super cute!!! Love it, Chrissy!! Nicely done! ;)


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