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« on: March 23, 2010 12:29:15 PM »

I have really flabby arms and I love tee recons but all of the tee recons I see here seem to involve showing a lot of your arms as in tank top or halter top style.

Well I have tons of tees for summer but they're not very girly or flattering and I'd like to change them into tops that I can wear with all my nice skirts.

Any ideas or instructions (I'm not so good at sewing but I do have a machine) on how to keep the sleeves but make it cute and flattering?

I have a very... erm... faerie like style. I usually have a bit of punky edge with girly dresses and skirts... most of the tees I have to alter are band style tees and i'd like to make them more girly.

thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2010 06:55:33 AM »

You can make an upper arm-covering flutter sleeve by cutting a rectangle or half circle from lightweight fabric and sewing it to the armhole of the t-shirt (after removing the original sleeve), or on sleeveless recons, sewing the shape on  the straps.

Here's some instructions on sewing flutter sleeves - just make them as big as you need to cover the trouble area of the arm:  http://www.myvintagesecret.com/flutter-sleeve-sweatshirt-diy-tuesday/



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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2010 05:53:09 PM »

I don't like my arms either, so I actually made the sleeves longer. I found tees that were the same colors (or even coordinating colors!) and made them fit down to my elbow and then added a small cuff to it. If I wanted it more girly, I made a slightly slit in the cuff, hemmed it, turned it upward then added a button or jewel at the bottom of the slit. Does that make sense?
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2010 12:49:35 PM »

I don't like my arms either, so I actually made the sleeves longer. I found tees that were the same colors (or even coordinating colors!) and made them fit down to my elbow and then added a small cuff to it. If I wanted it more girly, I made a slightly slit in the cuff, hemmed it, turned it upward then added a button or jewel at the bottom of the slit. Does that make sense?

it does, I like this idea! thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2010 12:50:24 PM »

You can make an upper arm-covering flutter sleeve by cutting a rectangle or half circle from lightweight fabric and sewing it to the armhole of the t-shirt (after removing the original sleeve), or on sleeveless recons, sewing the shape on  the straps.

Here's some instructions on sewing flutter sleeves - just make them as big as you need to cover the trouble area of the arm:  http://www.myvintagesecret.com/flutter-sleeve-sweatshirt-diy-tuesday/





sorry for the late reply, but this is great! I'm going to try it just after finals---I have a whole word document listing all the sewing projects I want to try after the semester is over
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2010 02:27:51 AM »

i hate my upper arms and no ammount of wii fit kung fu, rhythm boxing or punching the air whilst holding tins of beans seems to be helping them so i am very pleased with that tutorial lol!!

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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2012 05:41:58 AM »

First post!   I am beside myself with how much I love this forum.  Let's get straight to the point though-

I am wanting to do some tee shirt recons myself giving them more of a rockabilly feel.  What I have in mind is putting in longer sleeves with the puffy caps on them to make them more feminine.  I also want to add a sweetheart neckline which I plan on binding with bias tape I make out of the same material of the sleeves.  I am having a heck of a time finding a tutorial on how to cut a sweetheart neckline into a tee shirt though.

Can anyone out there help me with this?  Thanks so much! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2012 10:36:02 AM »

Awesome! this is exacly  what I've been looking for Smiley crafter always knows best Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2012 09:10:07 PM »

I love me some puff sleeves! To mod an existing boxy tee, just gather the sleeve hem into a contrast fabric band Cheesy You'll keep the length and gain cuteness!
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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2012 07:58:45 PM »

I add some waist darts in Ts. Adding a contrast yoke and using that extra fabric to add to the sleeves to puff them is a great choice for those that choose to cover their upper arms.
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