If you guys liked my first shirt remodel, I think you’re going to like this one! I know I do! 🙂 It’s very similar actually…but I’d say this ones a bit easier, since there’s no elastic involved (of course, you can add it to the waist like the first if you wanted!). I got this done within a half hour! I chose not to wear a belt in the picture, so you could see what it looked like, but I think a belt looks awesome with it! Also, I’m wearing it with pants because it’s wintertime, but it looks SOOO cute as a dress as well!
Start off just like my other shirt remodel, by putting the large shirt on, and marking where your shoulders end. You could also just use a shirt in your size to lay over it and mark. Once that’s done, draw a line using chalk from the mark to the armpit. Cut it off, and then cut the excess fabric off the sleeve.
Now, pin the sleeve back on and put the shirt on. Don’t worry about the big hole at the armpit of the sleeve, because we sew that closed later! This part is hard to explain, so bare with me….Firstly, I made sure the sleeve was falling right, and aligned. Then, using the opposite hand, I pinched together the sleeve to where it fit me more snug. You don’t want this to be TIGHT, just snug. Hold it pinched and move your arm around. If it feel comfortable, hold it tight with the hand that’s in the sleeve, and pull your arm through. With your free hand now, make a chalk mark on both sides of the sleeve. (Does that make sense?? *TIP* This step would be MUCH easier if you have someone to do it for you!) Once you have that marked, you want to draw a line straight across to where the armpit will be. Pin and sew (start with a baste stitch if you’re unsure of the fit), the sleeve together. Try it on, and make sure it feels okay! (Check out the before and after shot–after is MUCH more flattering! 🙂 ) Finally, sew down the side of the shirt from the armpit, gradually going out towards the edge of the shirt. Even though the t-shirt didn’t have any seams on the sides, I sewed all the way to the bottom so there wasn’t half a seam that stopped in the middle of the shirt. Oh–and BTW–I didn’t do this all over again for the other sleeve, I simply just folded the shirt in half and marked where I sewed the other side…makes life a whole lot easier! (If you couldn’t follow any of the directions PLEASE let me know so I can try and clarify!! 🙂 )
Now, personally, I LOVEEEE long sleeves. If you wanted to, you could make them shorter, leave them just like that, or try what I did, add some lace. I think this MADE the dress/shirt. I love, love, love the look of lace at the end of a sleeve! I started by pinning a piece to the outer sleeve, and closed the loop up once it was done.
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