The first thing you need to do is cut the front collar. You need to cut a ‘U’ shape. Measure the distance between your shoulders to figure out how wide you want it and the distance from your shoulder to how low you want the front of the U. You are going to need TWO identical pieces because we’re going to make it double sided for extra weight.
Now you need to sew the straps together, as shown. Take each side, sew it together then turn it right side out and iron flat.
Pin the collar really well…
…the sew it together as shown. DO NOT sew the bottom part of the ‘U’. We’re going to tuck the shirt in there ad then seam it shut. After you sew it, turn it right side out and press with your iron.
Get your pieces and pin as shown. We are going to connect the collar piece and the two straps. Pin them well and then sew together where the shoulder is.
Here’s the one big piece now.
Now for the main part of the shirt. I find that a half a yard, normal width cotton works perfect. It is wide enough and depending on your size you can do more or less of a little gather in the front. Cut the fabric in half and then sew together on each side. (You don’t have to cut it in half, but if you don’t you’ll only have a seam on one of the sides and I think that looks off, so I have a seam on each side.)
Get your collar now and go to the opening at the bottom of the ‘U’. FOld it under slightly at the openings and iron it down.
Pin it so the crease stays better. Do this on both sides of the U so you have a clean hem on each side of the shirt.
Lastly, it’s time to add your hem piece. I stitch along the bottom to create them hem, then add it on to my shirt piece. Then you’re done!!
Here’s how it comes out!!
If you try it remember to add some pics to the flickr pool!
And the bubble dress is the clear winner so I will be starting my tutorial for that tomorrow! Thanks for all the votes!
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I love the checkers and the ruffles.
This is what I found at the thrift store for $2. Don’t worry if it has pockets. Just remove it with a seam ripper.
The first thing you need to do is to create the pattern for your shirt. The way I do it is to measure my shoulder width, under arm width, chest width then how long I want it. From there I can figure out how I want my neckline. You can make it as low or as high as you want. (Disappearing ink is my best friend) Another way to do it is to trace another shirt you have, or use a shirt pattern you have laying around. Once you do your first one, then the patterns from the on get easy.
Now, cut two belt loops, 4inches by 1 inch. Fold them in half and stitch along the seam to close. They will look like this:Fold your belt loops in half and place them in the shirt where you want them. You will see the ends sticking out of the shirt. Pin the shirt together because next is sewing it.
Sew the shirt together at the shoulders and the sides. After you sew it- CHECK YOUR FIT! Does it need to be smaller in any area? Do the armholes need to be bigger? Do you like the placement of the neckline? Check it ALL here!
Sew down the front seam to keep the shirt together, which makes it unable to button. It will keep it in place while you’re sewing it, too.
Get your sleeves and cut them open at the seam, then iron them flat to get out the creases.Now we are going to use the sleeves to cut out the ruffle strips that we will be using along the neckline, and the belt. I used my rotary cutter to help me cut straight strips, but feel free to use scissors! Cut the strips 3 inches wide and cut as many as you can.
At this point we want to edgestitch along the bottom of our long ruffle. Serge or sew along the bottom of the long strip to create a hem. Then it’s time to ruffle. I love ruffling! It’s like watching magic If you don’t know how to ruffle, refer to my other tutorial for instructions here. This is what it should look like after.
It’s time to pin the ruffle to the collar.First off, decide if you want the ruffle to go all the way around or just around the shoulders, like I did.
There are 2 ways you can do this. The first is pin the ruffle directly on top of the shirt and stitch away. You can leave it like that or add hem tape. I wanted to try a different way so here is how I did it with this shirt. I pinned the ruffle inside out to the inside of the collar. So that way after it is stitched, you flip it over to the right side and it is perfect. Here’s what it looks like before it’s sewn.(remember to pin it where you want it then cut off the extra for the second ruffle layer)
Now take your leftover ruffle and pin it underneath your top ruffle on the front. You can make it as wide as you want. After pinning it, sew it in place.
Since I didn’t sew the ruffles all the way around, I now need to hem the middle of the back and also my arm holes. At this point I also do my bottom hem. So I use my serger and serge the seams then fold it under, then stitch it. If you don’t have a serger you can just stitch it over or use hem tape. First pin it down…
We’re almost there!! Time to make the belt! You can use the same fabric ,as I did, or use a contrasting fabric. I used the remainder of the fabric that I had from my sleeves. Get the strips and fold them in half, sewing them inside out.
After sewing, turn the belt rightside out. (Does ANYONE have a special trick for this? A tool? It took me FOREVER to do it!!) Then sew the end of the belt seam shut and iron.
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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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