I began this project last summer. It was planned to be the first tutorial on my blog, but life intervened and I had to put the project aside. Looking through the stash for the next UFO, I came upon everything to do the project, all in one bag, so I took that as a message that this should be this week's project. It's a simple T shirt upcycle. First, find a T shirt that you do not wish to wear as is. The T shirt certainly does not need to be new, but it should be in good condition.
Cut the torso off the shirt just below the armpits.
Put aside the part with the arms (We'll do something with that later!). Next, decide how you would like to embellish your top. I had some old lace curtains in the attic, so I harvested a nice lace ruffle to go around the circumference of the T.
Next, I added some white satin ribbon for straps. I cut the ends of the ribbon, and finished them with fray check.
Next, I sewed the lace curtain ruffle and the ribbons to the unfinished end of the T shirt tube. Once this was completed, it seemed to need a bit of color, so I got out some fabric flowers I had leftover from one of my daughter's tutus. You can find these in the wedding aisle at big box fabric stores and some craft stores. I also had some organza ribbon on hand, and a tiny button.
And there you have it, a cute summer top, upcycled from a T shirt, an old curtain, and some random embellishments on hand in the sewing room.
I hope you like it! With another UFO down, and the Titanic anniversary looming, I think I'll do some Edwardian sewing! Any thoughts?