T-shirt Redo

I recently finished a t-shirt reconstruction project for someone, and it made me want to do a simple t-shirt surgery for myself.

While I was attending the University of Idaho, I purchased a t-shirt or two to sport in support of the school. I went to wear one the other day and was struck by how awful the fit was. It was a men’s t-shirt, because (as I’m sure many of you know) it’s expensive to buy “University wear” of any kind that is in a girly cut or even remotely feminine. Luckily, it’s super easy to transform a plain t-shirt like this.

There are so many different ways to reconstruct a t-shirt, but I thought I’d provide the process for a really simple transformation.

Sorry, I don't have a before picture of the shirt that I reconstructed, but it began as a basic men's T just like this.

First, shorten the sleeves, and use the excess to create the band for the neckline (this may or may not work, depending on how wide you cut the neckline and how wide the sleeves are).

Cut a wider and lower neckline, making sure not to cut the back as low as the front. If you want to, you can use the ribbing from the neckline to create bands for the sleeves. I chose not to in this case, but as long as the ribbing from the neck is wide enough, you should be able to eek two bands for the sleeves out of it.

The neckline is cut and the sleeves are shortened

Cut the sleeves away from the shirt, right at the armhole seam, and cut the seam away from the edge of the sleeves.

cutting the sleeves away

Since you’ve removed the sleeves you can make the shoulder seam shorter, so that the shoulder seam doesn’t extend half-way down your arm.

If you like your shirts a bit snugger, you could take the shirt in a few inches on the sides. I like the loose fit look, especially because I’ll probably be wearing this shirt for kickboxing and yoga.

Re-attach the sleeves and the band at the neckline.

The armhole seam is removed from the edge of the sleeves, and the sleeves are ready to be reattached to the armholes now that some of the shoulder seam has been trimmed away.

Now you have a t-shirt that is much more feminine and doesn’t choke your neck.

It can be worn either off one shoulder, or more centered.

I left the edges of the sleeves raw, because this material doesn’t unravel and I like the way it rolls. But again, if you want to you can finish the sleeves or add bands created from the ribbing at the neckline.

Now, I’m ready to go get my workout on.

Who says you can't still be fashionable while working out?

OK, so my face doesn’t normally look so peaceful and relaxed when I’m working out. Even strength training with five pound weights brings out contortions and twists in my face that I never knew were possible. I took a few pictures doing some kickboxing, but I can’t seem to do that without a very mean face. I figured I’d spare you all the horror. Haha.

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