I added a cute little tuxedo shirt detail, bib detail, scoop thing…whatever you want to call it, and some ric rac and buttons to jazz it up.
So, want your little one to be thrifty and cute?
a women’s knit t-shirt (the larger the better)
scraps of white knit
ballpoint needle (for sewing with knits)
thread and sewing stuff
pattern (I go into more detail about making a t-shirt pattern here.)
Ok So first off cut two bodice pieces on the fold, one should have a lower neckline. Use the bottom of the shirt if you can so you don’t have to hem it!
Next, sketch a bib/scoop on some paper, using the front neckline.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, just fold it in half and cut out.
make sure it fits your neckline.
…and room for buttons!
Then cut out two pieces on the fold of your white knit. (two layers so the pattern won’t show through)
Pin to your bodice.
Then sew around, about 1/8″ from the edge.
Then take your ric rac and sew it along the edge as well, covering your stitches from the previous step. Sew down the middle of the ric rac.
Next cut out your sleeves-I used the armhole to gauge the size needed, and cut out a shape like this. Knits are forgiving, so it doesn’t need to be exact. I also cut this out using the existing hem, and on the fold, of course.
Then I unpicked the collar to re use.
Sew right sides together, one shoulder.
Then pin your tape on, sandwiching the raw edge.
Sew that on, and then sew the other shoulder, right sides together.
Sorry about the pic from another tutorial, but pin the sleeves into the armholes, right sides together, then sew those as well.
Next pin and sew the sides of the shirt together.
Match up the existing hems as best you can. (again, knit is forgiving, so it’s not too hard!)
Sew on your buttons, and tada! You have a cute, refashioned top for mere dollars. Also, one of a kind!
Thanks for having me Laura! I hope you all have a Thrifty Summer!