I am so excited today to introduce you to one of my real life friends who also blogs. Autumn and I lived near each other while our husbands were in school years ago and became friends and now we live about 20 minutes apart (in different state than we met in) and our husbands work at the same place AND we both blog and sew and have a bunch of boys. We have a lot in common. But Autumn got her girl and makes ADORABLE things for her. Seriously-check out her blog. This girl’s got talent! Here she is:
Hi everyone! I’m Autumn, from It’s Always Autumn, where I blog about sewing, crafts, photography, and chocolate. I’m excited to be here guest posting for Amber! I’m sharing an upcycled project today – I’ll show you how I turned a boring thrifted tee into a cute tie-back top for my little girl (this technique would work for women’s shirts as well).
I love thrift stores and garage sales because I can hardly contain my excitement over getting clothes for my kids for just a few dollars. However, when you’re thrifting it’s easy for the clothes to look dated, so I try to stick to basics. Plain tees never go out of style. And they’re the perfect candidates for a little “sprucing up.” I used a small piece of leftover white knit to add a contrast neckline and cute back ties to this plain yellow tee, creating a cute little top for my daughter. (The best part? The shirt only took 1/2 an hour of work and cost $1! Add in a $2 skort and she has a thrifty little outfit that doesn’t scream thrift store.)
You’ll need a t-shirt and some knit fabric in a contrasting color. I used knit from an old white t-shirt, but if you need to purchase your contrast fabric you can probably get by with 1/8 yard. Make sure your contrast knit is soft and quite stretchy.
Feel free to cut the back curve even lower than what you see here for a more open back. Remember if you do so to cut a longer piece of ribbing than I recommend below.
(These measurements are for a size 2t shirt. If yours is larger, you’ll want to cut your pieces longer – the width can stay the same.)
The neckline of the shirt is going to bunch up under your ribbing as you stretch it and pin – that’s good!
When you get the ribbing sewed on, flip it up and the seam allowance down. The neckline will look kind of wonky and stretched out – give it a good press with a lot of steam and it will look great. And you’re done!
If you like this project, click over to this post to see how the tie-back neckline looks on a simple upcycled tee shirt dress (and get instructions for constructing the tee-shirt dress).
If you like this project, click over to It’s Always Autumn to see how the tie-back neckline looks on a simple upcycled tee shirt dress (and get instructions for constructing the tee-shirt dress).
You can also find instructions for turning a men’s dress shirt into a swim cover up, directions on making a wall-sized bulletin board for displaying photos, and the recipe for chocolate raspberry cookie tarts. I hope you’ll visit. Thanks!