Twenty-Five Minute T-shirt Refashion

Mabey She Made It
by Mabey She Made It

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If you’ve got 25 minutes and a too-big tee, you’re going to love this Anthropologie inspired t-shirt refashion.

Several years ago my sister came to visit with an amazing t-shirt on. She had found it at Anthropologie and couldn’t believe how lovely it was. I loved it enough to ask her if I could inspect it. So today we’re going to recreate one portion of that shirt. Since it was several years ago, I can’t show you the original though, which is sad. But you’ll like this one anyway. Here’s what we started with. It’s XXL


  1. Turn your tee inside out, and put it on. Mark or pin the sides so be the right size for you.
  2. Sew along the marked lines from the sleeve down to the bottom of the shirt in one continuous seam on both sides. Trim the excess.

Turn the excess right side out, and fold it along the seam. Trim so they’re about 1″ wide when folded.

Ruffle the folded strips by using a basting stitch along the raw edges, and then gather the strip.

Pin the ruffles along the shoulder of your t-shirt in a zig-zag pattern, then sew them on.

You may need to tack a few ruffles in place at the beginning and end and if there are any other areas you feel need more structure.

And in just 25 minutes, you’ve got a shirt that’s a little bit fancy, a little bit relaxed, and a little bit amazing.

T is for Tee Shirt || Mabey She Made It

U is for is for Upcycled Basket || Tried and True

V is for Vinyl Decorated Sweatpants || Play.Party.Pin

W is for Watercolor Calendar || My Craftily Ever After

X is for is for X-acto Knife-cut Jar Pump || See Vanessa Craft

Y is for Yarn Wrapped Eggs || Cupcakes and Crowbars

Z is for Zinnia Wreath || Up to Date Interiors

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  • Koetiquemade Koetiquemade on Jul 11, 2023

    This is so cute! Such a unique idea.

  • Sandy Sandy on Apr 25, 2024

    Sorry, this tutorial makes no sense. If she’s using a XXL shirt, aren’t the shoulders and neckline very large? How does taking in the sides and underarms take care of this? Not worth the 25 minute effort.