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
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.
Another simple recon tut, with a retro pin-up style flavor.
Take your big t-shirt and grab a tank top that fits well.
If you don’t know how to make a circle skirt yet, check out the
Circle Skirt tutorial first, because all of these skirts build on the basic premise of a circle skirt.
layered pixie skirt
Variation 1 – double full circle skirt
Instead of cutting 1 donut with a center cirumference of 36″ (the number we used in our examples), cut 2 donuts with a center circumference that is half your desired waistband measurement. In this example, each hole should measure 18″. The desired length (16″ from our example) should stay the same.
Cut the donuts open (red line).
Set-in sleeves are kind of tricky, and there is an
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This method is still good to know, because you might find yourself in a situation where you want to modify/add sleeves to a top that already has the side seams sewn up, or doesn’t have side seams.
Here we go. We’re starting with the side and shoulders seams already sewn, so we have a basic sleeveless top. The sleeves have also been sewn up and cuffed.
You can ignore the hood in the bottom right hand corner. That’s for later.