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Refashion: Enlarge a T-Shirt

This is my entry for Refashion Runway where the theme this week was “stripes”. You may want to pop over and take a look at the other entries too and while you’re there, don’t forget to vote for your fav! | Widen a tight t-shirt and make it into a dress | Widen a tight t-shirt and make it into a dress

This striped tshirt was at least one size too small for me. Tight, short and VERY unflattering around the mummy tummy. This floral shirt had cute fabric, but was obviously shapeless and too big. Time for these two treasures to hook up.

tshirt + shirt

The side seams on the tshirt were opened up.

tshirt + shirt

Some length was chopped off the bottom and then sewn back into the side seams to create more width.

tshirt + shirt

I chopped the collar off the shirt in a straight line, but retained the sleeves as is.
tshirt + shirt

Sewed the button placket closed to avoid embarrassing moments later on!

tshirt shirt to dress

Cut the bulky cuff from the sleeves and sewed the sleeves closed. I also altered the armhole as shown because it was sticking out, creating an odd silhouette.

tshirt and shirt

A rectangle of cotton for lining

Elastic was added to the new waistband and after altering the skirt length, I hemmed this and the lining separately.

Hooray! First challenge completed and my wardrobe has received a cute new dress. | Widen a tight t-shirt and make it into a dress | Widen a tight t-shirt and make it into a dress | Widen a tight t-shirt and make it into a dress

Here you can see the strip I added to the side for a better fit.

My favourite part of this refashion is the pockets from the shirt sleeves! So easy and allows more skirt length to work with. | Widen a tight t-shirt and make it into a dress | Widen a tight t-shirt and make it into a dress | Widen a tight t-shirt and make it into a dress

Linking in with Refashion Runway


    • It certainly makes pockets much easier. Will we see you on Refashion Runway one day? I hear there may be a season 2.

    • What a group of talented women! I love all the refashions everyone has done. Good luck to you too!

    • Thanks Sophie! I panicked this morning when I saw the calibre of refashions there. These are some clever refashionistas!

  1. So Creative! and very effective 🙂 you’ve shown some great ways to upcycle….the sleeves to pockets are genius!!

  2. Ross

    no dejo de sorprenderme excelente idea. Gracias. Saludos.

  3. You are so clever! I never would’ve thought to turn the sleeves into pockets! I’m definitely going to try this sometime in the future, as I have a large stash of men’s shirts waiting to be refashioned! 🙂 Great job! 🙂

  4. zibergirl

    Your idea of using the sleeves as pockets is so clever. I can put a new trick into my sewing basket, thanks to you.Thanks for sharing all the details. Your refashion is awesome and good luck in the competition!

  5. Patti

    I am so glad you showed how to make a t-shirt bigger. Your refashion is so inspiring!

    • Thank you Patti. I’ve been meaning to do a refashion where something is made bigger, so this was a good opportunity for just that. Thanks for your kind words!

  6. Katrina, you did a great job with this dress. Using off cuts to make the t-shirt wider was a great idea. And I love the combination of the mixed prints in the fabrics you picked. Kudos!

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