How to Up-Cycle a T-Shirt
You’ve seen the up-cycle ideas on how to cut, braid and reconstruct a vintage t-shirt. I thought I would discover a new way to up-cycle one of the most popular fashion statements of today. It was one of my simplest DIY sewing projects to date. In this post I’ll break it down into five simple steps.
Pick a dress that will complement the style of the t-shirt you are planning to up-cycle. This dress in particular was a dress I wore last NYE that I rarely touched the since that night. A dress that is either A-line or over-sized is best for replicating this look.
I chose to cut the sleeves off of the t-shirt that’s in this post, but leaving the sleeves on is also beautiful. I probably would have kept the sleeves looking back on it, but living in Florida’s tropical heat, the idea didn’t even cross my mind at the time.
Cut the top of off the dress and gather the fabric around the waist by baste stitching around the top.
Cut the bottom half of any an old vintage t-shirt to the desired waistline of the piece. Pin the dress to the t-shirt so that you’ll know where the hemline will lay on your body.
Sew together the gathered top of the dress to the bottom of the t-shirt right sides together.
Line up the dress to the t-shirt so that the gathered edge fits evenly around the bottom of the t-shirt. Take out the baste stitch with a seam ripper once you’re done sewing.
We all have an old favorite t-shirt that needs to be up-cycled to something new. In the comments below tell me of a favorite t-shirt you have in your closet.