Thursday, May 23, 2013

Turn A Long Sleeve Regular Shirt Into A Short Sleeve Shirt That Now Ties At The Waist!!

Well, like I have told you before, I am always being asked to do the unusual.  It was my daughter April who always had unusual requests and now it is my granddaughter Allura.  She has a shirt that she wants me to remove the sleeves and change it from a shirt that just hangs down to a shirt she can tie in front.  Also could I have it done yesterday???

Well here is how I accomplished this.  The shirt is an Ambercrombie cotton shirt.  First, I was going to open up the sleeve area to remove the sleeve.
 
Then I decided to just cut off the sleeve and leave around 1/2" to try and hem to the inside of the shirt.  This would be a real time saver. 
Now I folded in the cut seam twice to the inside of the shirt and pinned it in place.  I also remove as much of the hard serged edge where it meets the seam line under the arm.  I did not want to add all of that bulk.
Here I pinned it in place.

I then just did a whip stitch after folding this to the inside of the shirt.  You would never be able to tell this shirt use to have sleeves!  So simple!
Now to tackle the tie part of the shirt.  I remember these well.  This was a "70's" thing and I wore these all the time.  I was telling my granddaughter what will be next.  Cullotes, Bell Bottoms, Poor Boys, Hip Huggers!  Do you remember any of these?  O.K. back to sewing, I had her try on the shirt and I marked it at her waist in the back.  I cut just the back about 1/2" below this line.  Then I folded the two sides of the shirt together and cut it in sort of a semi-circle down to the button down placket front of the shirt. I left about 1/2" also from the side edge of the placket.
Here is what I cut off.  You can see the back is straight and the sides are curved.
 
Now I used my 4mm rolled hem foot and hemmed around the bottom edge of my cut shirt.  This 1/2" was just enough to have the hem meet the placket and look like it was always made like this.
 
 
Well its all finished and as you can see it put a big smile on Allura's face and she said: Mamo, I want to learn how to do these kinds of things!  Now that put a big smile on my face!!!!


 
 

 

1 comment:

Enie Dub said...

Beautiful job! It's great to see the shirt being recycled and reused rather than being thrown away.