I know you see them everwhere – TShirt Refashions. I have to admit, a lot of them don’t really call my name. But there are a few that make me think “I should try that!”. Then, when at the grocery store, I noticed a bin of shirts for $1 (who knows why they were at the grocery store, but whatever) so I dug through and found 2 XL the same color – from what I read you always grab the XL for extra fabric. Anyways, I thought, here’s my chance to try a TShirt Repurpose of my own..
I knew I wanted to keep it simple. I pictured a ruffle around the neck and that was about all. So I just dove in – measured a shirt of mine and cut around it:
But don’t use the pictures above as a guide – it went horribly wrong. I pleated the sleeves because I thought it’d look nice and sewed it all back together – it was too small and the pleats made the sleeves super super tight. Ugh.
BUT, I had one more shirt, so instead of using it for strips I used it for the main shirt and cut up the one I had already messed up into strips. Unfortunately at this point since I’d already had a failure I stopped taking pictures. I ended up not cutting the sides at all, just taking them in a little (I’m now thinking that the “XL” must have been a child’s size….). I also cut the neckline off so it wouldn’t look like a boxy t-shirt. So then I cut the hem off the sleeves to match.
For the neck I tried a ruffle, but it was waaay over powering. So I just slightly gathered a strip and tied it in knots:
And then I sewed between the knots to tack the strip down.
Some of the knots still fluffed wierd so I hand-tacked them down while I watched TV. Not a big deal.
It went all the way around the front and back of the neckline and looked like this:
For the sleeves, I just used a skinnier strip and tied the knots a little more frequently. I also added a pleat to the edge, (not to the shoulder like on the mess-up shirt) for a more fitted look:
I think it turned out alright. I’m not in love with it, but it’s not bad. Since there’s no stability on the neckline, since I cut that off, the knots kind of weigh it down as the day goes on and they fold over a little, so that’s kind of annoying. Plus the actual shirt could be longer for my taste, but once again, it must have been a kid’s shirt. But hey, for $2, it works. Anyways, I realized these TShirt Refashions aren’t as easy to just “whip up” as they look!!