Give Your Husband's Old Golf Shirt A Cute Crop

Ms. Melior
by Ms. Melior
2 Materials
1 Hour

It's not often that my husband lets me cut up his clothes.

But he no longer wanted this polo shirt and gave me permission to do with it as I pleased, which means we have another fun upcycle tutorial today!

Here's the aforementioned shirt... as you can see, it's too large. There are also holes in the sleeves (yikes).

Here it is from the back.

Put the shirt on inside-out. Determine how much excess fabric you want to remove from the sides. Draw this new side seem on both sides in chalk.

Now determine how short you want to make the top. Instead of chopping and hemming, we're going to straight-stitch along where this excess fabric gathers (see above). This will allow us to keep the professional hem given to the shirt.

Using chalk, draw a line above and below this gathered fabric.

Stitch along all the chalk lines we made in the previous steps.

This is what the top will look like once it's stitched and overlocked (inside-out of course).

Now we just need to remove the sleeves with a seem ripper and roll hem the new arm hole.

I opted to sew on a little patch, but this top is so much more flattering!

Let me know if you give this a go next time your husband wants to throw out his old top.


Ms. Melior

Suggested materials:
  • Secondhand Top
  • Sewing Machine

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  • Pattyb Pattyb on Oct 01, 2021

    I don’t know if it is me or what but you lost me after gathering. I didn’t see where the chalk lines are. And what about all that extra fabric gather? The results are real cute. Just a little lost on instructions. But I am a starter sewer 🙂