How to turn an old t-shirt into a fitted top:
I used to love wearing big baggy t-shirts, and had quite a collection with lots of groovy designs on them!
Now - I really never wear baggy t-shirts. I prefer fitted clothes - and living in tropical Far North Queensland, t-shirts can be a bit too hot!
I've only a few of my t-shirt collection remaining, and they have stayed at the bottom of a drawer in my wardrobe, unworn for years now!
So I decided to try and recycle them into something I could wear!
I took one of my t-shirts, bought in Japan about 15 years ago, that was very stretched (especially around the neck), baggy and really unwearable as is:
Here's what to do, if you want to try this yourself!
First take one of your current tops to roughly measure the size you need to cut:
And cut sections from both the front and the back - it's up to you how long you want your new top to be. I like them quite short:
Now this t-shirt was expecially thin, so I cut another section to double the layer on the front of the top. (sorry forgot to take a picture of this - but just cut the same width of the front panel - and as long as you can with the piece that is left on the botton of your t-shirt after you cut the main panel)
Here's a picture of all the pieces I cut for the next t-shirt!
Then place your front and back panels - right sides together and pin down the sides. Add the extra layer for modesty behind the front panel:
Stitch down both sides, then double turn and stitch all the way around the bottom to make a neat hem.
Now you need to make the straps.
Cut two strips from the left-over t-shirt, 4cm wide and around 30cm long:
(they are longer in this picture - I ended up cutting them shorter later on)
Then for each strip, fold the edges in to the middle, then in again and stitch:
You should end up with two straps like this:
Now you need to pin your straps to your top.
If you have 2 layers of t-shirt at the front, push the straps between the two layers and fold the raw edges in towards the strap to neaten.
Pin all around and stitch :
Then put it on and wear your new top with pride!
For the downloadable PDF version of this tutorial, click here.
I'll be adding this project to the 100+ clothes recycling projects linky list:
There's plenty more fablous ideas for upcycling your old clothes there! Why not take a look - or even add your own ideas!
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