Happy Friday everyone!! Today I want to share an idea about how to resize an adult shirt into a square top for kids! If you are just starting to sew, this is your project. No big skills needed!
So, let's start!!
- An old man shirt (L) for a toddler size. This was my first attempt to make a rectangle top and I think my denim fabric wasn't the best choice. A lightweight fabric will give you a better flowy style.
- A Kid Short Sleeve T-Shirt (mine was size 2)
- Sewing machine or serger
- A marker and paper
- First, lay your old shirt out flat. Under the arms of your shirt, lay your T-shirt. Trace a line and cut across.
- Cut off the side seams of your old shirt.
- Fold in half the front piece and lay it out flat. On top, lay the shirt folded in half. On the edge of the sleeve, make a line perpendicular to the bottom. This will be our cutting line. Pin and cut.
- We want to keep the hem of the shirt, so place the front piece on top of the back piece, line the hems up and pin.
- Fold the shirt and the T-Shirt in half again, lay the second one out and mark the length of the sleeve open, just where your T-Shirt's sleeve falls. From the raw edge measure 1/2" and mark a guideline perpendicular to the floor. Draw a smooth curve that connects the sleeve mark with the guideline and cut it out. If you want to hem the sleeves, instead of measuring 1/2", use 1" to have enough room to fold them easy.
- To cut the neckline, make a pattern from your T-Shirt or eyeballing it. I prefer the first method because I know for sure that it's going to be ok. Mark and cut it off.
- Sew the shoulder and sides seams.
- To finish the sleeves, you can hem them or use some bias tape. I used bias tape for finishing armholes and neckline.
ATTACHING THE BIAS TAPE:
- Measure the neckline curve and armhole length.Make sure to double the armhole measurement to get the front and the back length and add 0.5" seam allowances.
- Unfold the bias tape and with wrong sides together line up the raw edge of the bias tape to the raw edge of the neckline. Pin all the way around.
- Sew along the first folded line. Remember to back stitch.
- Press and fold it over the right side, pin and sew again.
- Follow the same steps to finish the sleeves.
And here you have it! A beautiful rectangle top for $3!!
Happy Sewing!!! :)
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