A couple weeks back I did a five-day t-shirt reconstruction series on my blog
. Basically I wanted to put together everything I know about reconstructing t-shirts into one place, and I spent a whole weekend making six recons.
I'd love to get your feedback on the series, but in case you're not interested in that, here are the t-shirt recons I did. I'm afraid I don't have before pictures, but all of these were large or extra-large t-shirts to begin with.
For this one, I removed the sleeves, resized the shirt, shortened it, cut a scoop neck, and reattached the sleeves as cap sleeves and made a ruffle for the neckline.
This is a basic tube top - I cut across the top and hemmed it, resized the t-shirt so it fit snugly, and added a lace edging.
For this one, I just cut away the sleeves and the collar, then cut strips into the sides of the shirt and tied them together for a no-sew recon.
This shirt was actually my biggest failure of the weekend, but I included it in the blog anyway. For the braided straps, I just cut away the sleeves and cut a scoop into the neckline, then cut across the shoulder seams and then cut each shoulder section into 3 strips for braiding. I loved the "resizing" part because instead of resizing the whole shirt, I just cut away the bottom six inches, resized THAT to fit, and reattached it to the bottom, pleating the torso of the shirt to fit, so it gives sort of a drop-waist look. But I hated the addition of the dimensional fabric paint to the logo, which was a light blue when I started. I'll figure out how to use dimensional paint one of these days!
This one was resized by running a seam from the bottom of the shirt all the way to the end of the sleeves - no removing the sleeves and reattaching them - then cutting a v-neck into the front and adding some jeweled embellishments in a necklace pattern.
Finally, my very favorite one! After resizing the gray shirt, I used another navy blue shirt to add panels to the sleeves, the torso, and even a hood! I wore this shirt for days. It's so comfy and awesome!!
Anyway, it was a busy weekend and it took a while to recover, and also to clean up the mess.
Hope you guys like them!