Monday, 23 April 2012

T-Shirt Transformation

I work in a Blockbuster store, which is not great considering I have a Psychology degree . . . where did my life go wrong?! Anyway, the reason I'm telling you this is because for months I have worn the most hideous, uncomfortable shirt as my uniform, last week I had had enough and was moaning to the manager who said I could buy my own top if I wanted - happy days! So I bought a new blue t-shirt, it was a men's because I couldn't find a cheap blue women's top and I don't care what I look like at work! I go into work in a very good mood wearing my new comfy top to find that we have all been issued new uniforms! Argh!! So now, not only do I have to wear a black top saying "preorder your games today", but I'm left with a men's T-shirt I had no intension of wearing outside of work.

But every cloud has a silver lining and this one was that I got to do some crafting - yay :)

TUTORIAL


so this is the shirt (£2.50, Primark) . . . I didn't like the fit, the sleeves or the neckline . . .

The first thing I tackled was the shape . . .

Put on the shirt inside out and pin along your waist line, sew and cut off the excess.

























Next cut the sleeves to your desired length and hem.




For the neck, fold shirt in half and use a neckline you like as a template. Mark and cut.


To make the neck line more interesting pinch sections of the fabric then fold down and pin. Play about until you have the look you want then tack the pleats.







Fold over and hem the neckline.



For a finishing touch I added a couple of ruffle flowers made from the fabric cut off the sleeves (I hate wasting things!)



For an excellent tutorial on how to do ruffles by Ruffles And Stuff (the clues in the name!) click here.

I love this top now, mainly because it's super comfy (a must for me), but also because it's versatile - it can be worn with both smart and casual outfits . . .

















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98 comments:

  1. ow your from UK !I'm following then!Hi I'm Erika from http://erika-shineon.blogspot.co.uk/ UK ;)

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  2. I love what you did with the shirt, that's a great idea! I have a couple of plain, boring shirts, you've inspired me to "pretty them up"! And I know what you mean about the whole job thing... I have an Art History degree but work at a preschool... you're not alone! :o)

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    1. Thank you, good luck with you're crafting - I've been over to your blog and loved it so I'm following :)

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  3. What a great redo! Thank you so much for linking up to Made With Love at Sew Chatty today! Have a great week!

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  4. Hey! You have some skills! I love how you turned a men's shirt into something feminine :)

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  5. Super cute! I wish I was better at sewing:)

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    1. It was reasonably easy - If I can do it anyone can do it! Everything I know about sewing I learnt myself through trying things and making LOTS of mistakes! Good luck :)

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  6. Very sweet repurposed shirt!

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  7. What a darling transformation! (And a beautiful model!) Thank you so much for the link, you are so sweet. :O)

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    1. Thank you :) You're very welcome! And thanks for popping over to my little blog :) x

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  8. Sos cute!!! I love your shirt - looks great with a variety of styles now!! I would love it if you linked up this project at Romance on a Dime this week!! http://romanceonadime.com/diy/take-it-on-tuesday-blog-hop-26-easy-upcycled-scarf/

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  9. Very cute! The pleats are lovely

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  10. I ♥ it!! You did an awesome job!

    I'm your newest follower. Looking forward to more of your fashion/refashion posts!

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    1. Thank you, I hope you won't be disappointed! :) xx

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  11. Looks great! Too bad you can't wear that to work!

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    1. I know! Very disappointing, instead I have to look like a fool!! Oh well. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  12. So cute! I'm amazed at what you were able to transform it into! Love both the smart and casual look!

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  13. So glad you linked up at Romance on a Dime!! I'm pinning this!!

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  14. Found your blog from Pinterest. I love this! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. This is darling! I'm pinning it now! Found you on Tea Rose Home's link party. :)

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  16. This is very cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. LOVE the pleated neckline!

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  18. I love how you've put your own spin on this - I'm sure you could tweak that blockbuster shirt! Loving your blog x

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    1. Thank you :) I would if I could but think I would get into trouble :( Maybe if I find another job I go in on my last day with my uniform covered in flowers and ruffles!

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  19. How fantastic! I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!

    http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

    Thanks!
    Sumo:)

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    1. Thank you so much, that would be great! :D xx

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  20. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!! MOST VIEWED LINK!!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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    1. Wow, that's so cool :D I've grabbed one of your featured buttons xx

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  21. This is totally cute! I have several baggy shirts like this! I need to do a sewing intervention! I am featuring this at someday crafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "Featured" button.

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    1. Thank you!! I've grabbed a button :)

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  22. What a great transformation!! I have a few t-shirts I need to do this to.:) I would love it if you would be willing to share with us at our party going on now-Monday. Thanks.

    http://www.kadie-sevenalive.blogspot.com/2012/04/link-it-up-thursday-17.html

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    1. Thanks for letting me know about the party, I've linked up :)

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    2. Thanks so much for parting with us. I am featuring your shirt tomorrow at our party. I just love it!

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  23. Wow, that is amazing. I had no idea you could do anything like that with a t-shirt. Makes me wish I owned a sewing machine. ;)
    Thanks for linking up for Feed Me Friday! I'm subscribing and following back.

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  24. Wonderfully transformed. I love how you showed both an evening and daytime look for your sewn creation!

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  25. Gorgeous! I can't even believe it's the same shirt. BTW I've been there with the college education and just having a job to pay the bills. It'll pass. The job market is horrible right now. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

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  26. My goodness you did a great job! I love how it looks like an expensive dress with the black skirt!!

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  27. Darling shirt. It looks fantastic~

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  28. Laura, after reading your post, I do now think that maybe I could have done something similar to mine. :) Fabulous tutorial. But again, I am a sewing disaster so dont know whether with my “fabric glue” I can achieve such a beautiful look. But I am going to try this.

    You are looking fantastic in that grey/blue top paired with black skirt...you make it look like a look so hard to achieve and yet so simple.

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  29. This is such a great idea! Love it! Visiting from The DIY Dreamer link party!

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  30. Oh my gosh, you aced that! I have many shirts I can do this to but I am scared I'd ruin them, but I may have to give it a go, the end result is so pretty! It suits you so well!

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  31. You did a great job! And you're right, it's so versatlie!

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  32. So cute! I love it!

    Cher
    www.designsbystudioc.com

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  33. Super job! I love how a few simple changes took it from guys to gals! Very nice. Thanks for sharing at the Rock N Share.

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  34. From blah to FAB!!! You are so talented :) Thanks for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

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  35. FANTASTIC!!!!!!!! Brilliant!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! :)

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  36. This is featured tonight at my Trash 2 Treasure Party!! Feel free to grab a featured button if you wish. :)

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  37. WOW - I can't belive that is a tee-shirt! So much cuter that way!
    Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  38. Featured you today! Come by and grab a button!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  39. What a great way of recycling a t-shirt. I may even get round to trying it!!

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  40. You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Come on over and grab the ''featured'' button! :)
    http://thediydreamer.blogspot.ca/2012/05/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-15.html

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  41. I've got a couple of t shirts I was going to get rid of because I didn't like the shape and high neck. I'm going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing. Ali x

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  42. What an amazing transformation. A boring t-shirt to a great top. Well done! I am inspired.

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  43. Wow this is amazing, so inspiring

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  44. What a great idea!! Love how it turned out, just lovely!!

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  45. Wow! simple t-shirt turn into versatile one. That was really awesome.
    buy tshirts online | cool tshirts

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  46. Thank u for this tutorial. Really great idea

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  47. I love this tshirt refashion! I followed your tutorial and created my own shirt, I love it! I featured you and your tutorial on my blog. I would love for you to stop by and grab a feature button! If for any reason you want me to remove your feature please just let me know.

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

    http://www.thecraftyblogstalker.com/2012/10/attempt-at-ombre-tie-dye-tshirt.html

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