Saturday, August 21, 2010

Revamped T-shirt Tutorial

Well, I sure had a lot of fun with this next project.  I was trying to get my sewing mojo back...seemed to have hit a creative block.  I have read a few books about upcycling old t-shirts into cool tops, skirts & other things and decided it was time to just GO FOR IT!
 What you need:
t-shirt (s)
needle & thread

Makes life easier to have:
rotary cutter
ruler or straight edge
sewing machine
dress form (I made mine!)

I got this green shirt from CALDA, California Lyme Disease Association, and thought it would be great to revamp it into an attention getting outfit.  
  • I started by cutting off the sleeves with my ruler & rotary cutter (the thing that looks like a pizza slicer).  If you don't have one of these, just use a pair of scissors to do the job.  Having the rotary cutter will give you a nice even edge to work with, making it easier to match up when you're sewing.

  • I carefully cut out all the portions of the shirt with writing on it & set it aside.

  • I cut the sleeves open (just follow along the seams) & trimmed it to make green strips.
  • Then, I did the same thing to 2 black t-shirts of mine.
  • Next, I pieced the shirts together in a crazy quilt type fashion...there are NO rules when you are the designer!  =)  I like that a lot. In fact, I didn't use a pattern or anything, just cut, pin, sew & go.  I also wanted my stitching to show, so I sewed them together with wrong sides together, alternating from a straight stitch to a big zig zag stitch on my seams.
  • I created a long chunk of fabric that was pieced together & fit it to my dress form...I did have to fit it on myself when I got to the bottom of the dress since my dress form doesn't have a booty!  Just pin to a comfortable fit and sew this bad boy up!
  • I used a scrap of pieced fabric for the it in half lengthwise & zig zag stitch the ends to the dress.  I wanted mine to be a halter but you can criss cross them in the back or do it however you want.
  • Lastly, I stitched the CALDA logo with the tick onto the front lower part of the dress & added some additional lines of stitiching for a bullseye effect.

That's it!  I now have a funky fresh attention getting lyme awareness outfit...and I have to say, I feel pretty darn good in it AND it's super comfy too!  Definitely think it's LymeSexy...what do you think?


  1. I LOVE IT! I wish I was skinny enough to wear something like that.

  2. oh moogie, skinny is not a requirement! This is just like a fancy moo-moo. =)

    It is very figure, you make it to fit your body and the t-shirts are nice and stretchy.

  3. This is awesome Nani!!! SO inspiring, and you'll totally get people's attention and help spread the word!

  4. I think I'll have to carry Lyme literature with me when I wear this for sure!

  5. Thats fantastic, a great idea, well done!


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