June 6, 2010
Reduce, Reuse and Refashion
What do you think of the 3 shirts featured above? Would you have guessed that only 2 days ago these were unworn long sleeved shirts that were shoved to the back of the closet? Well that is exactly what they were; long sleeved and unworn. The hardest part about adding a bit of flair to these bland shirts was decided on the design. Once that was figured out it all went together quite smoothly, especially since with jersey material there is no need to hem (sweet).
Want to see how I did it? Here are the few, but easy steps to accomplish the look. I'll show you the green shirt first (the one with the 2 rows of ruffles along the neckline). Then second I'll show you how I did the gray shirt (the v-neck shirt from above). The tank top version I'll wait until next time, but yup, you guessed it that used to be a long sleeve shirt as well.
Green Shirt Tutorial
1.) Find a long sleeved shirt that fits you well.
2.) Decide the length you want your finished sleeve to be (for me a 3" cap sleeve was perfect).
3.) Lets get started by laying your shirt flat and smooth on a cutting surface. Take the time to make sure there are no wrinkles in the sections you are going to cut. Since we are not going to hem you want your cuts to be straight and not jagged.
4.) Measure your sleeve length, both at the top side of the sleeve and at the armpit area. For me I measured 3 inches from the shoulder seem and 1/2 inch from the armpit seem to create a cap type sleeve. Take a deep breath and make the cut. See not that bad.