Refashion: Men’s Tee to 3/4 sleeve Tunic Tee

So….it’s been a little while…and posting on this blog may be erratic for a little while more…however there are changes afoot that should put pay to that and mark my return to a more consistent blogging and sewing/DIY schedule…and that makes me very happy indeed. If you follow me on instagram you’ll have seen a few little references to some of those changes. You’ll also have seen that there is a backlog of makes that have yet to make it onto this blog. Lately it’s been a straight choice between either making OR blogging. My schedule isn’t currently allowing me to do both….and at some points hasn’t allowed me to do either. Well…that’s about to change as I can’t continue with that particular status quo any longer. But in the meantime…back to that backlog of makes…

First up is this quick and dirty tee refashion. Nothing spesh. A simple tee reshaping that takes about 20mins. ALMOST not blogworthy at all, except that I thought it would be a good opportunity to share my little technique for ensuring I adjust both sides of a garment evenly and identically…..

…(and let’s face it, a 20min refashion when your schedule sucks in sewing terms, is absolutely noteworthy!)

The first step is to establish a new stitching line on one side of the  garment. I tend to do this using a combo of pinning, eyeballing and very occasionally, when I’m feeling virtuous…measuring…

Next, fold the tee in half lining up armscyes, underarm and side seams; then pin along the newly marked line through all layers…

Pin through all layers directly on top of the marked line making sure not to angle the pins in any way, so the entry and exit points are completely consistent with the marked line…

Now flip over and there’ll be a line of pins that will mirror exactly, the line that is marked on the other side…

Mark between these pins and you duplicate exactly the line that is on the other side of the garment. Remove the pins, serge along these lines, and hey presto. The garment is reshaped identically on both sides!

I use this method on jeans and trousers that I want to reshape too. A quick and easy way to ensure that adjustments are even on both sides of any garment!

 

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21 Comments

  1. Linda Spears August 12, 2014

    Now that is blog worthy! Love it! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Louise Perry August 12, 2014

    Yey, you are back. Good tip here. I have botched an attempt at doing this already so i’m going to try it your way next.

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    • Portia Lawrie August 14, 2014

      Aw thanks Louise! Seriously been missing blogging! I have more botched projects than ones that make it into my wardrobe on a regular basis, lol!
      Px

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  3. Fabric Tragic August 12, 2014

    I do this too, and it’s especially helpful if you’re taking in or letting out side seams – nice one!

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  4. joelle st-laurent August 13, 2014

    such a great tip! and good to see you!

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    • Portia Lawrie August 14, 2014

      …and even nicer to hear from you Joelle! Thankyou!
      Px

      Reply
  5. acraftyscientist August 13, 2014

    Great tip, will use it to fit some of my husbands tshirts that are too baggy for him.

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    • Portia Lawrie August 14, 2014

      So they fit you instead I hope! one of the many good things about a hubby is wardrobe plundering, no!

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  6. fadanista.com August 13, 2014

    Great tip, thank you. I have a whole basket of t-shirts that I’m refashioning/reshaping/reworking and I’ll definitely use this tip.

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    • Portia Lawrie August 14, 2014

      You could knock a shed load of these up in an afternoon then! Reminds me I must go thrifting for some more!

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  7. JustSew Jenna August 13, 2014

    Genius! Good luck with everything!

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  8. acraftyscientist August 13, 2014

    Great idea, will use it to make some of my husbands t-shirts fit better!

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  9. senjivastudio.com August 14, 2014

    I do the same thing! It works really well.

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  10. DressUpNotDown August 17, 2014

    I usually cut one side, then fold and cut the second using the first as my guide. I think your way might be more precise though. :o)

    JJ
    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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  11. Anonymous August 18, 2014

    Totally blog-worthy. If you knew how many times I kept adjusting each side separately…

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  12. my way of... August 22, 2014

    Great tips !!!
    Did you change the neckline too?

    thank you

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    • Portia Lawrie August 24, 2014

      I just trimmed away the neckline ribbing right close to the stitching 😊

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  13. Pipsa September 8, 2014

    Very nice! I’m wondering about the neckline too 🙂

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  14. TEMA September 21, 2015

    Love this tutorial. I can see I will be using it on lots of things besides men’s shirts. Thanks so much!

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    • portia September 22, 2015

      You’re welcome Tema!

      Reply

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