I recently posted some recons (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182391.msg1898017#msg1898017
) and had a request for a tutorial...so here it is. Sorry i don't have photos of everthing. I can try to add some drawings if things aren't clear enough. Didn't expect to make a tute.
1. Start with a turtleneck (or other long-sleeved shirt)http://lh6.google.com/dreamingdewlusions/RpQvnh8b7TI/AAAAAAAABTE/cYqSS5o5dnw/s288/CIMG4159.JPG
2. Seam-rip (or neatly cut) the sleeves and neck off the main part of the shirt.http://lh3.google.com/dreamingdewlusions/RqAhmxzPJEI/AAAAAAAABYM/W9_ZmjBNTx4/s288/CIMG4160.JPG
3. Turn the body of the shirt inside out and mark where you want the 2 seams on the front.
I basically centered mine over my boobs and extended the seam all the way to the top and down to the bottom.
I marked where i wanted the center of the seam to be with one pin and how wide i needed the seam to be with another at each point.http://lh5.google.com/dreamingdewlusions/RqAhwRzPJFI/AAAAAAAABYU/BX7x4ovhovw/s288/CIMG4161.JPG
I then marked the 2nd seam by measuring the first at each point so they would be symmetric.http://lh6.google.com/dreamingdewlusions/RqAh3hzPJGI/AAAAAAAABYc/Ryj7ZB1jeog/s400/CIMG4162.JPG
4. Remove the shirt and pinch along pins marking center of seam. Put the pin marking the width through both layers of fabric to pin in place.http://lh5.google.com/dreamingdewlusions/RqAh9RzPJHI/AAAAAAAABYk/Dg1j0IvQzz8/s288/CIMG4163.JPG
5. Sew both seams (shirt is still inside out). You'll end up with something like this.
My seams vary in width to make the shirt fit just right.http://lh3.google.com/dreamingdewlusions/RqAiExzPJII/AAAAAAAABYs/24Nv_tswV-U/s400/CIMG4164.JPG
6. Repeat the same process for the back. Mark the seams. Sew them.
The back seams will be more uniform than the front (due to those lovely lady lumps on the front :-P )
7. Continue the side seam of the shirt up a bit to make the armholes a little smaller.
8. Cut the sleeves about 4 or 5 inches from the top. Baste (sew large stitches) along both edges of each sleeve. Don't baste around the whole sleeve, just the half that will fall along your shoulder and the outside of your arm.
Leave long thread at beginning and end of stitches. http://lh6.google.com/dreamingdewlusions/RqAiOhzPJJI/AAAAAAAABY0/4j82TwCUwz8/s288/CIMG4167.JPG
10. Cut remaining part of sleeve about 4 or 5 inches from the bottom. Use the original hem of the sleeve as the hem of the new sleeve.
11. Place bottom half of sleeve (inside out) over top half of sleeve (right side out), lining up raw edges.
Pull strings on bottom of the top sleeve until it's the same size as the opening on the bottom sleeve.
Sew all the way around sleeve. Turn entire sleeve right side out.
12. Place the sleeve (right side out) inside the shirt (still inside out). Pull strings on top of sleeve to gather fabric until it's the same size as the armhole opening. http://lh6.google.com/dreamingdewlusions/RqAiWhzPJKI/AAAAAAAABY8/TWpnoPYJc9w/s288/CIMG4168.JPG
Sew all the way around arm hole. Repeat for other sleeve.
This is what the final sleeve should look likehttp://lh4.google.com/dreamingdewlusions/RpQv4B8b7VI/AAAAAAAABTU/x4UIhi0BpWU/s288/P7110005.JPG
13. Turn shirt inside out and mark where you want the neckline. (I put mine on to mark it.) Fold front of shirt in half (vertically) to cut the neckline to make sure it's symmetric.
Cut back of neckline in the same way (by folding in half).
14. baste along center of the front neckline. Pull on strings to gather.
15. Cut 2 inch strips (from left over pieces of sleeves) of fabric to edge the neckline.
Connect enough of the strips (only took me two) to reach all the way around the neckline.
Pin the strips(right sides of fabrics facing each other).
Sew all the way around neckline. Overlap final edge (no need to finish this little tiny edge - knit won't fray)
16. Fold strip to the inside of neckline. Pin and iron in place.
Top stitch right in that seam that you just created by attaching the binding. Make sure the binding is getting caught in this top stich on the inside. If you're patient you make this top stitching seam virtually invisible. http://lh3.google.com/dreamingdewlusions/RpQv-x8b7WI/AAAAAAAABTc/pebumMdzy_E/s400/P7110006.JPG
And you're done. Wow....that was a lot longer than i thought it was gonna be...Hope it's helpful!
Let me know if you have any questions or need clarification.
Happy sewing :-D