November 25, 2012

t-shirt makeover

I bought this t-shirt for Mike a while ago as part of Threadless' $5 grab bag deal.  You just pick the size and style (guy or girl), pay $5, and they send you a random t-shirt.  We each got a different one, and this was his.  Needless to say, he wasn't very thrilled.  It's just been sitting in his closet ever since.
When we dressed like zombies for Halloween a few weeks ago, this shirt got pulled out of the dresser along with a few other castaways while searching for the perfect getup.  I happen to like the shirt, but it was pretty huge, and I'm not really a t-shirt gal, so I decided to do some chopping and put it to use.
I'm no seamstress, and I really don't know what I'm doing behind the sewing machine, but that doesn't stop me from playing around.  Rarely do I pin or measure, I kind of just eyeball stuff and go for it.  First I tried the t-shirt on, and pinched the sides, guesstimating how much needed to come off.  Next, I just sewed up each side an inch and a half or so in, following the existing lines (for the most part).
It looked like this:
Then I just cut off the excess fabric!  Oh, and I cut off the ribbed part around the neck, so now it's more of a boat neck.
aaaand, done!

I thought about cutting the sleeves shorter, but just left them how they were and they're kind of a 3/4 sleeve now.  Without measuring, it ended up a bit tight, but I'm pretty happy with the outcome!

Happy Sunday!

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  1. I think you did a pretty good job! I'm pretty sure my boyfriend won't be able to throw away tshirts anymore :p xo

  2. Great job, Sarah! I am very impressed. =0)

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    1. I know, it's cool! I couldn't let it go to waste. :)

  4. Your tshirt redo looks super cute! I can't imagine why your fella didn't want to wear it in its original form, though... ;-)


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