T-Shirt Makeover

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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.

the fit

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)

mark and pin

I turned the makeover shirt inside out.  Then, I traced the purple shirt  and pinned along the marked line.

fox shirt tailoring

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.

fox shirt neckline

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.

reinforce fabric

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.

back of tshirt

Here is what the front of the made over t- shirt  looks like now.

Simple and cute.

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3 Responses to T-Shirt Makeover

  1. Creating Sarah February 17, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    Cute! I am always amazed at the talent of people who can look at a t-shirt and turn it into something else with just a few snips and stitches. Thank you for sharing your talent!

    • carmody February 18, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

      Thanks Sarah,
      I had to find a way to make the Fox T-Shirt work.


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