Gathered Back T-shirt Refashion
I’m over at Create.Craft.Love today for another sewing post–this time it’s a Thanksgiving table runner! Every Thanksgiving feast needs one, right? And this table runner will be one you want to use year after year.
And I’m also sharing the post I shared at Create. Craft. Love. last month today. It’s fun to bring them home and make sure you get to see them at the same time I share something else. So pin, share, and comment below and then go check out the table runner!
I don’t know if you’re like me, but I get stuck in a rut of always putting on the same thing each day–the mom uniform. You know, jeans and a t-shirt. They’re comfortable and functional because with everything you do in a day, cute fussy shirts aren’t always feasible. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, it sometimes gets a little boring.
So today I’m going to show you how to turn a plain t-shirt into something stylish and cute but that still gets the job done. Go grab a too-big or loose shirt and we’ll get started with our t-shirt refashion!
T-shirt Refashion Supplies:
- A t-shirt that’s at least a little bit big on you
- A t-shirt that fits you nicely
- Sewing machine and thread
- Scissors, needle, iron–the sewing basics
- 1/4 to 1/2 yard extra fabric (depending on size and fabric stretch)
- Serger (optional)
- Start by folding the too-big shirt in half and smoothing out all the wrinkles. Then turn your nice-fitting t-shirt inside out and fold it the same way, laying it on top of your big shirt with the folds together.
- If you’re using a sewing machine, use a stretch stitch so you don’t get broken threads. The stretch stitch looks like a lightning bold most of the time.
- Wash and dry your shirt and your extra fabric before making your shirt, especially since you’ll be combining two different fabrics–you’d hate for one to shrink or warp after you’re done creating!
- Press all your seams. Sometimes knit seams can seem a little wonky until you steam press them.
- You don’t have to finish your seam edges since knit doesn’t fray. But if you want to, you can either serge them or zigzag stitch them.
I ended up making two different versions because I had so much fun with this t-shirt refashion. I did a 3/4-sleeve version with a smaller bow on the front shoulder
and a short-sleeve version with a bow on the back.
The best part? I wore the black shirt to a meeting and someone complimented me on it. When I mentioned that I made it, the lady looked surprised and said, “Wow, I was going to ask you if you got it at Anthropologie!” I don’t know if they have something similar (I couldn’t find anything similar on their site) or if it just reminded her of the style, but either way, I loved the comment.
So what do you think? Would you wear this t-shirt refashion?
If you liked this t-shirt refashion, you might also like some of the other refashions I’ve done like these:
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