Lately, I have felt like I have nothing to wear. It's not true! I have a closet full of clothes . . . and it's not a small closet. I can't possibly justify buying more clothes . . . or afford it if I could justify it. So I'm doing something I've wanted to do for a LOOOOOONG time. I'm making the most of what I already have and putting together a little t-shirt refashion with the many plain t-shirts in my closet. But the first thing I have to ask myself is . . . How on earth did I acquire so many t-shirts? I've thought hard about this, and here are my theories:
- A t-shirt fairy comes in the middle of the night and leaves them.
- They mate behind closed doors.
- In summer, my long sleeve shirts molt and become short-sleeve shirts.
- When my husband's shirts experience too much shrinkage, he puts them in my closet.
Whatever the reason, I'm putting these t-shirts to use in the next few weeks to cure my I-have-nothing-to-wear dilemma.
Here's my first refashion.
2 t-shirts, scissors, straight pins and your sewing machine
1) Cut sleeves off the shirt you are using for your base shirt. If you don't like the neckline, cut one in the shape you would prefer.
2) Cut the bottom hem off the shirt you will be using for the ruffles. Then cut four or five 3 inch strips off the shirt torso.
3) Add a strip to one cut-off sleeve edge by folding ruffles one at a time and pinning them to the sleeve edge. Half of the ruffled strip should be one the base shirt and half will be off the shirt. Turn shirt inside out and sew with machine about 1/4 of an edge from the sleeve edge.
4) Repeat with other sleeve.
**If you need to lengthen the strips, sew the ends of two strips together and simply fold the seam under in a ruffle so it doesn't show.