Refashioning Men’s T-Shirts

Learning to sew changed the way I look at clothes, particularly those that are already in my closet.  I started refashioning existing pieces in my wardrobe to reduce how much money I was throwing at this hobby. 

T-shirts, old and new, are an excellent source of fabric for projects.  You can resize large ones to better fit you, gussy one up with some embellishments, or turn it into not-a-shirt.  Good jersey is comfortable to wear and the internet is full of great examples of refashioned t-shirts.  I recommend checking out Pinterest for inspiration and tutorials.

-Amani

The Facts (Men’s Shirt to Fitted Tank)

Difficulty Easy
Completed September 2011
Pattern Resizing a t-shirt with an existing t-shirt
Fabric Medium men’s t-shirt acquired as a gift
Notions None
Total cost $0
Lesson learned T-shirt ruffle flowersTip: Remember to add seam allowances along the edges when tracing out your shirt.
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The Facts (Men’s Shirt to Fitted Shirt)

Difficulty Easy
Completed May 2012
Pattern Resizing a t-shirt with an existing t-shirt
Fabric Medium men’s t-shirt acquired from a raffle
Notions 1/4″ elastic band
Total cost $1
Lesson learned Creating ruched sleevesI removed the sleeves before resizing the t-shirt using the technique above.  I reattached them after reshaping them and attaching the elastic for ruching.

The Facts (Men’s Shirt to Gathered Skirt)

Difficulty Easy
Completed December 2012
Pattern None
Fabric Extra-large men’s t-shirt handed down from husband
Notions 1″ elastic band
Total cost $1
Lesson learned Creating an cased elastic waistbandSometimes you need a quick project for some instant gratification.  There was no pattern for this one. Simply cut off the collar and sleeves below the armpits and then follow the instructions in the link to create the waist at the cut line.TShirt Gathered Skirt Pattern
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