The Upcycle Circle
My MIL had a box of clothing she was giving away, so... I raided it! Then I had a magical idea. Here are seven shirts I pulled. For each shirt I upcycle I will use the remnants of a different shirt to finish or embellish it.
Enter.... THE UPCYCLE CIRCLE!!! So, for each shirt I will use the remnants of the shirt to it's right! Going around in a circle!!! Are you ready?
Now on to the next tutorial!
I started by laying the shirt flat and placing a T-shirt of my son's over it to get the approximate size. Also... notice how muck lower than the original neck line I placed it!
I then cut the shirt like normal, but.... The armhole appears huge because I extended the part that was going over the shoulder! Notice how tall the "over shoulder" portion looks... read on to see why.
I then cut the sleeve smaller to REGULAR size.
This is a sleeve from the previous shirt. I straightened the top and cut off the hem and cut and cut it so that it would be one long 2 inch strip.
I did that with both sleeves and surged the both edges of both strips.
Then I folded them over and pinned them as shown to the top of the neck. Notice how where the buttons are I folded the fabric in. I then straight stitched it down.
Here is a good picture that shows how much taller the "over shoulder" portion is compared to the arm. I did this to see where I was going to need to fold the shoulder over.
Notice how on the right side I folded the front back and then folded the back over the front to "close" the shoulder seam. Then I opened it up to pin the sleeve over with RIGHT sides facing. I then pinned and sewed both sleeves and flipped them the right direction.
Then I flipped the whole shirt inside out and sewed the bottom of the sleeve to the pit and straight down the sides to close the shirt. I did end up adding a button to the top so it wouldn't gap open.
Total Cost : FREE!
Plaid and Gray Shirts - MiL's Giveaway Stash
Thread - MiL's Sewing Stash