Monday, 17 March 2014

No-sew race tee tutorial

One of my pet peeves is the unisex T-shirts that you get at the end of an event - or when you run for charity. Even the 'small' is usually falling off my shoulders and the boxy shape and tight crew neck do nothing for me. Partly this is because I am a short-arse (yes, that is a technical term) but it's also because I am not a man, and therefore a man-sized and man-shaped top is never going to do me any favours!

So, for all the woman-shaped women out there, I have been onto Pinterest and tracked down some ways to remodel that macho tee into something you might actually wear. Since I am also a bit of a lazy-arse (again, a technical term) the phrase' no sew' really appealed. Here's what I was doing on Sunday morning...

The no-sew T-shirt makeover





You'll need: Decent scissors, a t-shirt you never wear but would like to and peace and quiet (good luck with that).

1. Cut off the collar of the t-shirt, if you're careful/lucky you might still be able to retain one line of stitching to prevent fraying. The neckline will look immediately better! You can go a bit off-piste here too, cutting the scoop and width of the new neckline to your taste.


2. Cut along both underarm seams - you need to cut super straight lines so it might be time for a g&t to calm the nerves here.

3. Cut off the cuff at the end of each sleeve (retain the scraps, you need them to make shoulder ties).


4. Cut a slit in the top of each sleeve, up to the shoulder.


5. Tidy up the retained arm cuff by cutting it slightly thinner and cutting away the pre-stitched bit.


6. Pass the shoulder tie through the sleeve, gathering up the material and tie tightly together, This will create a ruffled look. You can tie a bow or cut off the excess.


You're done! 

If you have more time, there are loads of other ways to re-fashion t-shirts. I also liked this more halter-neck style from Nic Howard's  'It's been one of the those days' blog. It requires a tiny bit of sewing, and the result is great.

Alternatively you could turn your tee into a sun dress for your little one courtesy of Pretty Prudent, repurpose a whole load of old t-shirts into a scarf like Just Something I Made or make an eco-friendly bag similar to this one at Craft Gossip.


Let me know how you get on with this project - or about any other upcycling you've done recently - in the comment box below.

Thank you for reading
Vanessa.

6 comments:

  1. Very cool ideas! I never know what to do with those types of t-shirts. Looking forward to trying some of these!

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    1. My kids love this sort of stuff too - we spent one day last summer making things out of old t-shorts daddy had slung out. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Great tutorial! I've always worn shirts like these to bed. Good to see other uses for them!

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    1. Yes, that's my normal use for them too - but I want people to SEE I've run a half marathon!!! I might try & tighten up the sides on thus one too though as it's still pretty big.

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  3. Ingenious, Vanessa! Next time I get one, I'll give it a go. You make it look so easy, although I am sure I would mess up somewhere.

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    1. Yes, I did have to steel myself a bit - and ensure the kids were otherwise occupied! I would never have worn it as it was though, so nothing ventured...

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