Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tutorial: Turn an ugly shirt into a cover-up

I needed a white cover-up for work today, and don't have any on hand that would have worked with my outfit.  But, I do have a plethora of old and forgotten shirts hanging out in my closet.  I found an ugly white one and transformed it into something that would work.

An ugly shirt
Sewing machine

So, this is what I started out with:

(Actually, it's not that ugly of a shirt.  I just really didn't like the buttons, and the fancy fabric behind the buttons.)

Cut from the top of the shirt to the bottom on either side of the buttons.  If your shirt doesn't have anything decorative on the front, just cut one line right down the middle.

(That background fabric is nice on its own, just not on this shirt.)

After removing the middle, your shirt should look like this:


Take one side and fold the rough hem in 1/4 to 1/2 inch.  Iron it flat.


Fold that hem under and iron again. This will give you a nice, clean edge.


Sew the hem.  I used a decorative stitch that looks like leaves just for the hell of it.  You can also use just a plain old straight stitch.


Repeat the folding, ironing, and sewing on the other side.  And you're done!


Not the prettiest thing, but it kept me warm at work today.  And it took me all of about 20 minutes.  Super easy project!  I might add a decorative button around the middle to hold it closed if I needed.  But, maybe not.  We'll see how I feel about it tomorrow.


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