I love transforming clothing…. Clothing from Goodwill, things that don’t fit anymore or that you don’t want and can serve another purpose. I found this great tutorial and thought I would make a couple of shirts for my son. It’s a pretty simple project that can be personalized to suit you.
- 2 shirts (that you previously own or you can buy)
- a long sleeve shirt (optional)
- an applique
- sewing machine, pins and such
2. Measure up from the bottom of the shirt where you want your color block to start. Use a ruler to mark a straight line across and do the same for the other.
3. Carefully cut across your line on each shirt using a rotary cutter.
4. Switch the bottoms of each shirt with the other and match them up. Match up the right side of the top with the right side of the bottom. If there are any side seams, match them together first. Pin as you go along.
1. There was a layer of stabilizer on the appliqué. I carefully cut out the stabilizer backing portion so that the appliqué would not be so stiff on the shirt.
1. First grab a long sleeve shirt for comparison and place it over one of the shirts you just made to measure how long the sleeves need to be.
Since this is a mock undershirt, I measure the length needed for the sleeve (8 3/4 inches)
3. If you desire to have your sleeves a little longer still, add an extra 1 – 1.5 inches. So the length of the sleeve is 8 3/4 + 3/4 +(additional length if desired)… I added 1.5 inches so the total length to cut was at 11 inches. Measure, mark and cut the sleeves.
4. Sewing the sleeves is also a bit tricky. You can do this by hand if you wish. I went ahead and battled with my sewing machine to get the best stitch. Sew on the right side carefully placing your shirt in a manner where you can sew the sleeve on and not get the rest of the shirt caught.
See, how do you explain this mess… Just do your best and try not to sew your sleeve to the wrong part of your shirt…