Time for a tutorial!! I’m trying to do some refashioning tutorials so you can just use things you already have laying around and don’t need to go buy fabric! This one is pretty simple and has GREAT turnout! All you need is an old blouse of yours or an old men’s shirt. We’re going to turn it into a tailored tunic with a pleated neckline.
Take your shirt and cut off the sleeves and the neckline. Cut the neckline to your own desire! (Don’t throw away your sleeves!)
With your 2 open sleeves, cut 4 strips that are even in width. We are going to sew them together soon. Here’s what you should have at this point.
Take your 4 sleeves and sew them together to create one long piece. Measure your neckline and make sure you have almost double the length on the ruffle piece.
Now it’s time to attach the ruffles to the neckline. Start with the shoulder and make little pleats, however frequent you want them. Pin each pleat to the shirt.
I attached hem tape to the collar and the arm holes. If you’d prefer not to, you can just leave it with the open stitch and seam your armholes.
This is such an easy project! Here are a couple notes: If you use a men’s shirt, you would have to tailor the shirt down to your size. If you’re using a shirt that already fits you, there’s no resizing necessary. Also, you can do ruffles at the neckline instead of pleats if you’d like.
I’m very new to the tutorials so I would LOVE feedback as to how to make them easy to understand, or any other constructive criticism. This week I’m going to be posting another tutorial for a kids refashioning AND a REALLY easy way to spice up a tank top which doesn’t even require a sewing machine! So stay tuned!!
Tags: men's shirt, shirt, tank, top
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