faux undershirt tops-a mini tute

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I picked up some knit tops at the thrift store last week to remake into tops for the girls. They unfortunately were short sleeved, and didn’t have enough fabric to cut long sleeves out of.

Soo….cue the fake, excuse me….faux…undershirt sleeves! Faux sounds much more chic.

They could also be called cute, and warm. I added a quick applique to Charlotte’s-it matches Sadie’s Lovebird top, which she loves. I had to add a heart, otherwise Charlotte looked like a little boy. A very pretty little boy, but nonetheless…had to girly it up a bit.

For Sadie’s top I cut up a doily and added it around the neck before I put the binding on.

Granny chic rocks!

Here’s how I made them!

Grab a doily, just make sure it’s big enough to fit your neckline, mine magically fit 5 swoops…it was meant to be. The chorus swelled, the heavens opened, all of that.

Then I trimmed it down to fit, still left some overhanging the neckline though. Pinned it down.

Then I basted it down along the top of the neckline, and along the swoops.

Trimmed the extra off…and that’s how I added the doily. Put the binding right over the top when you add it. (see one of my other knit top tutorials to see more top construction.) I cut my binding 1″ wide on the bias, ironed it in half, and sewed it to the neckline after sewing one shoulder seam together.

Now for the sleeves. I used the already hemmed sleeve-sweet! If you’re making a shirt from scratch, just make sure to cut extra for the sleeve hem. Then hem it.

Then using my sleeve pattern, I cut a rectangle (the top is folded over) from some white knit.

Then pin it underneath the top of your sleeve, making sure you will catch it when you sew.

Then sew the two pieces together, I sewed right down the middle of the double stitch.

Hem the bottom of the sleeves by folding over and sewing down. Add them to your bodice, and enjoy the cuteness!


  1. Super cute! Are you not worried about not using a stretch stitch of some sort when you attach them, though?

  2. I love the look of the fresh white sleeves…and the doily neckline is adorable – great ideas as usual!

  3. I absolutely LOVE the use of the doily for her collar! It came out so very cute!! That picture of her is priceless too, with her hair movement – I love it!

  4. Oh come on, this is too much…why had I never thought to do this?!?! You amaze me all the time.

    and p.s. Charlotte could NEVER look like a boy! She’s far too lady-like πŸ™‚

  5. Adorable! I love the little heart embellishment on Charlotte’s shirt, but come on now. There is no way that face could ever be confused with a little boy! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ So sweet!

  6. Aww, those are so cute!! Cute pictures too!!

  7. I love the doily as the collar!

  8. the doily is awesome!! great idea.

  9. Jess,

    Oh! My! Goodness!

    Your talent and creativity are fantastic! I was just wondering if you could will some of it over in my direction. lol Pretty please???

    Charlotte and Sadie are tres chic! They are beautiful girls – like their Mom. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for taking the time to share your family, and talent with us.

  10. Your little girls are the cutest things ever! I especially love Sadie’s cute little face! I love that great minds think alike πŸ™‚ Hurray for easy projects!

  11. I never would’ve thought of a doily! I also really like Charlotte’s headband. πŸ™‚

  12. LOVE the doily trim!!

  13. How cute is that! And I have to agree, the doily collar is a brilliant idea!

  14. I love this idea. I have several shirts the need extra length. For Charlotte’s tee, did you removed the sleeves to add the faux sleeves?

  15. Feels like biting into Charlotte’s cheeks..such a cutie πŸ™‚

  16. Super cute!

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