Oct 28, 2012

Tie-front tee DIY!

So when we were in Holland this April, I wanted to get a tshirt. Unfortunately, the place where I bought mine had the shirts folded into plastic packages, and I couldn't open them to see how big the tshirts were.
So when I finally bought and opened the package, the shirt was waaaay too big.
But! I decided I could fix it with a restyle, so s'all good! :)

And yes, it has taken me six months to get around to it.

Here's the Before & After! 
(These pics were only taken 1 day apart. And yes, that *is* snow. In October. Welcome to Minnesota.)

I recently found this shirt at a second hand store, and decided to use it as my inspiration:

Want to make your own tie-front shirt? Here's how I did it!

I used a white colored pencil (finally! A use for those things!) to draw out the shape I wanted, using a ruler to make sure it was even and centered.

And then: scary part! Snip snip. 

Then I turned the shirt inside out, folded over the raw edges, pinned and sewed all the way around.

For the collar I just cut off the existing one, and pinned and sewed the raw edge.

While the shirt was inside out, I sewed up the sides to take them in a bit. And then I sewed the opening of the sleeve a little smaller, giving it that "bat-wing" shape which is so popular. And finally I cut off the extra fabric.

And wa-la! My inspiration, and my finished product:

Now I can finally wear my souvenir for more than pjs! Yay!

Have you ever restyled something? 


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! Girl, what a great idea. I'm totally trying this out next weekend with some baggy shirts I don't like wearing. Thank you so much for the idea!

  2. Inna!! This is AMAZING!!! I usually use a hair-tie to make my baggy shirts not-so-baggy, but I think I'm going to change that!!

    www.nannaandnilly.blogspot.com :)

  3. This is great! It makes a t-shirt look so much girlier(apparently that's not a word?!) I'm definitely gonna try this! :)

  4. This is spectacular!!! I will definitely be trying. :)

    ~ Abby

  5. Great job! Looks super fun :) And yes, I have done lots of restylings, and still not tired of them! And already snowing over there? (Waw, I'm so happy I don't live in Minnesota right now. I couldn't stand the cold!)

  6. I did restyle something, but it failed miserably.

    That, however, is cute.

    Pardon me while I go steal it.

  7. Really really clever! I'm pinning this. Thanks for the post!


  8. This is so cute! I love restyling. :)


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