This is a really quick and easy way to give an old tee some new life!
If you don’t know what ruching is or how to do it, check out the tutorial here.
Grab your extra big t-shirt and mark and cut like so:
Cut across the chest, right at the tops of the sleeves. Cut a few inches off the bottoms of the sleeves. cut the bottom of the shirt off at the length you prefer (accounting for hemming, of course).
* Obviously you should make sure you’re cutting the bust and waist to your measurements, too.
If you want contrasting colored sleeves, you can follow the seams and cut them off. Use the pieces to make new sleeves and attach them.
Sew up the sides of the shirt. Finish the edges of the sleeves and the top edge, and hem the bottom.
Measure around your shoulders and around your upper arm.
Subtract two inches from the shoulder measurement and 1 inch from the arm measurement.
Cut 1 piece of elastic for your shoulder and 1 piece for each arm.
EXAMPLE: Around the shoulders, you measure 40″. Cut a piece of elastic 38″ long.
Your upper arm measures 11″ around. Cut two 10″ pieces of elastic.
Your elastic should be 3/8″ wide or less.
Ruche the pieces of elastic where shown.
It’s easiest if you mark the elastic in 4 equal sections and then pin it to the top, which has also been marked in 4 equal sections, i.e. center front, right side, center back, left side. This makes it so the ruching will be even.
Use a zig-zag stitch, and stretch the elastic as you sew. Sew until you reach the point you started at.
Your top should now look like this. You’re done!
You can add a ruffled or pleated hem and make a dress (if so, you can skip the step where you hem the bottom of the shirt), or add to it 100other ways.