- Take a larger than you boxy T, a tank top sized T, & a couple more of desired color or pattern - size irrelevant
- Lay out your boxy T (brown) flat on a cutting mat & cut the sides and arms straight off on both sides. Cut out the neckline just outside the neck facing stitching
- Cut off the bottom hem straight (or you can do front higher & back longer)
- Cut the bottom of your tank top off (brown speckled) - save it as the cowl neck piece
- Cut 6 4" x 15" strips of your sleeve pieces - 2 strips of each color (brown speckled, yellow, brown)
- Cut 2 4"x4" squares (the teal underarm gusset) - then cut them on the diagonal to make 4 triangles
- Cut a bunch of squares to line the bottom of the shirt - your discretion as to what size. Mine were all 4"x 4" squares
- Sew your sleeves first by laying out flat three of your 4"x15" pieces (long end to long end) with a 1/2" overlap - zigzag stitch those together. Do that twice (one for each arm)
- layout your boxy t-shirt (brown main body) completely flat so that the neck hole is positioned in the middle of a big rectangle. Center the top of your sleeve piece (speckle brown) to the center of your shoulder line (overlap 1/2") and zigzag stitch it straight. Do that on both sides
- Now sew the arm gusset triangles to the outside corners of the sleeve & body pieces
- Take your bottom border squares & stitch them all together in a strip - stitch that strip to the front & back bottoms of the boxy-t (brown)
- Fold your shirt back (right sides together) so that the front and back are facing each other - you are now going to sew the side seams. Sew all the way from the bottom of the shirt, around the arm gusset curve, and down the sleeve. I sewed from the TOP of my border to the sleeve because I wanted the border to be loose and then I curve cut the sides.
- Once you have that all together, grab the bottom of your tank top (speckled brown) and sew it into your neckline - you can choose to keep the tank top hem as the hem for the top of your neckline - or cut it off - it's a matter of preference.
|How all the pieces look laid out flat (Steps 1-4 )|
|Folded over & ready to stitch the side seam (step 5)|
Credit to Sherwood Forest Faire since I used their T-shirt!