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Friday, May 08, 2015

Simple Refashion of a Boy's Shirt

Hello everyone! This is my first post as a contributer to Refashion Co-op. I have been following this blog for about a year now. All of your hard work is truly inspiring! Thank you for all that you do!

For my first refashion, I decided to do something very simple. We just recently moved to a warmer climate and found some of our clothing suddenly less useful! My husband and I happily packed up our sweaters and coats. But what about the kid's clothes? By the time we see another winter they would surely be too small!

With this in mind, I grabbed one of my son's long-sleeved shirts from his closet. He looks great in this print and it is in like-new condition, but the sleeves are long and therefore too uncomfortable to wear when the temperatures hit 90 degrees.

To begin, I placed one of his well-fitting, short-sleeved shirts on top of the refashion shirt to give me a visual guide of where I would need to cut the sleeves.

Once I determined the desired length, I measured, marked and cut each side. I gave myself ample seam allowance to turn the sleeve over twice as this kind of fabric would fray after washing.

With the shirt inside out, I made my first fold on the sleeve at about a 1/2 inch, followed by a second fold of a 1/2 inch. Instead of pinning, I pressed both of these seams while I was folding them. I find pressing seams makes sewing a breeze and also makes the garment look more finished. After pressing, I sewed the seams with the shirt inside out. 

Here is a close up of the finished sleeve.

Inside out:

Right side out:

And here is the finished product!

This project took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish, and now my baby boy will have a "brand new" shirt to wear to church on Sunday. I hope you enjoyed my simple refashion. Thank you for reading!


jennifer elliott said...

Welcome to the community! What a great first refashion. Very cute!

jennifer elliott said...

Kids in plaid look so adorable! Great refashion -- I look forward to more of your refashions.

Jennifer Elliott, EOD