Thursday, January 10, 2013

T-Shirt Refashion: From Boxy Tee to Fitted Dolman Style

I've been wanting to refashion some boxy t-shirts for a while but never found a style that I really liked.  That is until I saw this tutorial on how to make a dolman sleeve style shirt from scratch.  Granted, I never thought much about dolman sleeves, in fact, I didn't think about them because they never really appealed to me.  But for whatever reason, the Make It & Love It tutorial gave me inspiration so I looked around on the internet to see if I could find a tutorial to make one from an existing shirt.  Enter Trash to Couture (I love her!).  When I saw her tutorial the gears in my  head started turning.  Using the Trash to Couture tutorial as a base, I cut and sewed my sleeves as she instructed.  But instead of ruching the sides, I added a banded bottom (inspired by the Make it & Love It tute) instead. I also cut the collar off a little wider to give it more of a boatneck and left it unhemmed cause I like that look.

The 15 year old BP shirt that I can now wear again..
The banded bottom.

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  1. Ooooo, I really like the idea of a banded bottom!!

    1. isn't it great? i love how my shirts fit so much better now with the banded bottom :)

    2. I love this style shirt & you dif a fab job on your reconstruction. I have one question though, I don't own a sewing machine, don't have a clue on how to even use one. Is there a way this can be done without the sewing part (i guess I can use needle & thread but I have a feeling its not gonna quite work). Thanks for any info, Jessy

    3. Hi Jessy, I'm not sure if non-sewing will work as I've always used a machine. But something that does come to mind is maybe using ribbon for the sides, similar to corset ties to hold the shirt together but i honestly don't know how that will look. If you do want to try your hand at hand sewing, try a blanket stitch instead of a straight stitch. I think it might be easier for the stitching to come out evenly although it is a slightly more work than a straight stitch. Hope this info helps. If anyone else has any suggestions, please feel free to share :)