July 7, 2009 7:52 pm
This one is so easy. Too easy!! I got this vintage men’s shirt that’s off white with a slight texture to it. Mark the neckline with a pen or chalk to determine where you will cut it. As you can see, mark right along the sleeve seams then down. We are going to make an elastic gathered neckline. Cut when finished.
Here’s what it looks like. At this point, also cut the sleeves to the length you want it and the hemline to the length of the shirt you desire.
We’re, next, going to create the pocket for the elastic. I used my serger to finish the edge and then I fold it over and pin the entire neckline in place before I sew it. Make sure to leave an open pocket open to pull the elastic through.
Get your elastic and pull it through the neckline. The length will vary slightly. Mine was 32 inches.
Once you pull it through, sew the elastic ends together. Then sew your pocket shut. Here’s what you’ll have. We’re almost done. See! I told you this was easy!
Now we are going to finish off the sleeves. You could definitely just stitch them and leave be, but I wanted to add something a little different. I’ve been loving navy and white together so I wanted to make my hem tape out of navy. Determine the length you need, based off your arm band size, and cut a piece that length and about 4 inches wide.
Connect the two ends of one of the pieces and sew it together.
Then iron the seam allowences open so it doesn’t get too bulky.
What I do first is iron the band in half so I know where my middle is. Then I open it back up and iron the two edges towards the middle as shown.
Then iron those together and you have your hem tape, as pictured here!
Open the hem tape in and stuff your shirt sleeve into it and pin in place. You could gather the sleeve before hand by sewing machine or just use your eye to gather while you’re putting it in the hemtape.
Next, sew the sleeves, then finish the hem at the bottom of the shirt and you’re done!!
I think the possibibilites are endless on this one! I was thinking about adding some cute buttons to the sleeves, or addding a matching color to the hemline. You could embroider on it or put a pretty ruffle ontop of the buttons and cover that part up. This was such an easy shirt to do and I love the look of it. It’s classic and chic to me.
Here’s the blue sleeve and you cans see the slight texture to the shirt.
My sister, kindly (and begrudgingly) modeled it for me. I love it with a bright shoe that pops.
I also think it would look great with a belt around the waist.
Hope you enjoy! And please remember to add pictures to the flickr pool if you do it. I love seeing everyone’s take on these tutorials!
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