Transform Your T-Shirt into a Tuniccomments (17) January 13th, 2010
If you’ve been to your local thrift store lately, you’ve probably noticed that the world has enough tees in it to clothe us all for the rest of eternity — that is, if you want to run around looking like a sack of potatoes emblazoned with a corporate logo! But take an old T-shirt, apply a little sewing know-how, and you’ve got a great way to expand your wardrobe.
I’ll show you how to transform a tired tee into a sweet tunic to welcome spring. This is a simple project for the moderately experienced sewer; you need to be comfortable with machine sewing, fitting, and making some renegade alterations. The top shown here includes a cute insert with buttons at the front and a keyhole cutout at the back, but you can leave them out. That’s the best thing about restyling: you’re the designer.
What You'll Need:
• Disappearing-ink marker or tailor’s chalk
• Ruler or hem gauge
• Sewing machine
• T-shirt, very oversize
• Tape measure
• Thread to match
Measure Carefully, and cut up your tee
Break out the trusty tape measure. Then take that ugly tee apart, so you can sew it into something fabulous.
1. Take your measurements. Measure your bust and bicep circumferences as well as the distance between your shoulder points.
2. Enlarge and cut the neck. Fold the shirt in half along the center front (CF) so one sleeve is stacked on top of the other. Match the neckline, shoulders, and side seams on both layers. Draw the enlarged neckline with chalk, and cut on the line. On the top shown, the neckline was lowered about 2 inches, and made 1 inch wider on each side.