Tuesday, December 22, 2009

T-shirt makeover

From a $3.50 Best and Less t-shirt to a - well still - a $3.50 t-shirt with a couple of scraps for the bin.

In my before photo I have already cut off the bottom hem and lettuce hemmed it. This is the first time I have ever done this and let me tell you I might grow a few more muscles now. There is a lot of stretching involved but otherwise it is a really simple procedure.
The same technique was used around the sleeves.
I did not stretch the fabric while zig-zagging around the reshaped neckline but it still enlarged slightly anyway so I inserted a small piece that was stretched while sewing. Then, to hide the zig-zag stitches I cut the ribbing from the former neckline, stretched it to billy-o and simply sewed it down flat over the edge.
The bow was made using further off cuts from the neck. It will be interesting to see how the garment washes.
All the ideas for this makeover were garnered from Nikki Shell's fabulous blog
Here is the finished garment with a skirt that was originally a round tablecloth (made by the amazing Jacinta who is blogless).


  1. What a difference a bit of refashioning makes. It looks lovely with your tablecloth skirt.

  2. Awesome!
    You've inspired me to give that a go in the new year. That looks brilliant. Great work!

    Wishing you and your mob much festive fun - hope you share lots of laughter and good food.

  3. This is great Cherrie! Well done. Love the lettuce hemming. I'd never heard of that, but it looks great. Must learn to use overlocker... hmmm.


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