This is an easy DIY T-shirt makeover tutorial. I inherited this cute fox t-shirt from my husband. I actually purchased it for him many years ago. The shirt allegedly shrunk in laundry, so instead of donating the t-shirt I thought I would attempt a t-shirt makeover. My main goals were to alter the overall fit of the t-shirt and create a more interesting neckline.
My first step was to determine how I wanted the shirt to fit. I used a t-shirt that I had and really liked the fit as a template. (the purple shirt is my template)
I turned the makeover shirt inside out. Then, I traced the purple shirt and pinned along the marked line.
With my sewing machine, I sewed a long the line. Once complete, I trimmed the excess shirt fabric and turned the shirt right side out. I also wanted to give the shirt a more feminine and interesting neckline. I am not a huge fan of crew necklines.
This t-shirt is made out of jersey material and does not need to be hemmed. In the wash the hem will curl a little, but I think that can add to the look. I placed the makeover t-shirt on a self-healing cutting mat. I flatted the shirt and made sure that the seams matched up.
I used a metal mixing bowl as a template for a new neckline. I placed metal mixing bowl on the neckline of the shirt. I positioned the bowl in the center about 3 inches below the existing neckline. I secured bowl down with one hand while tracing the edge with a rotary cutter. You can use scissors, but a rotary cutter is easier. I also trimmed the bottom of the shirt and sleeves so that they would all have raw edges.
I wanted to add a little interest in the back so a created a bow/loop with the trimmed fabric. I cut two holes on each side of the back neckline. Then, I reinforced the tension side of the hole with my sewing machine. I used the bottom hem of the t-shirt to act as my loop and laced it between each hole. Here is the new back of the t-shirt.
Here is what the front of the made over t- shirt looks like now.
Simple and cute.