Thursday, August 4, 2011

{Grey Luster Girl} Bow Tee

Today I am totally honored to share a tutorial from Lisa {Grey Luster Girl}!  I found Lisa on another blog that featured her Upcycled Men's Polo {below} and I'm so excited that I clicked over to her blog!  I've been a follower ever since!

And she has a SUPER cute project in store for you!


Hello! I am so excited to be a part of Sew Chic Upcycling Week!  Let me introduce myself...

My name is Lisa and I am the craziness behind the blog grey luster girl.  I like to sew, plan parties, cook, craft... I love it all!  Lately I have been trying my hand at a few upcycling projects.

This little number was made from a Men's Polo Shirt.

This quick one was a mash-up of two different ill fitting T-shirts.

Suffice it to say, I like to upcycle. One of the things I don't like is that a lot of the times you have to buy two of the same shirt in order to make something really cute.  Well not this time.  Here is my tutorial for what we call the Snow White Bow Shirt.

I made this shirt for my daughter using a size small shirt from JoAnn's.

The first thing I did was cut the sleeves off. BE VERY CAREFUL when you do this because you will be using the sleeves later.  I made sure that when I cut, I carefully cut the serged part of the sleeve off with the sleeve (leaving it attached).  So that the fabric from the sleeve looks like the picture below.  This way I can use it again on the sleeves and I don't need to serge it.

I had to darken this next picture so that you could see the white pencil line I made.  I just put the shirt on my daughter and then marked where I wanted to cut the new hole for the sleeve. 

The shirt itself was still pretty boxy so I put it on my daughter inside out and pinned the sides so that I could take it in.

Next I took the sleeve piece with the serging still attached and cut off about a 1 inch strip.


Take that little strip and gather it.  Make two of these. One for each of the sleeves.

Now with right sides together, sew the the little gathered part onto the sleeve opening in the shirt.  Make sure that it when you turn the shirt right side out that the little flutter sleeve that you just added is on the top.

After I did this, my sleeves stuck up a little too much for my liking so I pinched the ends on and hand sewed them down.

You can get the sleeve to lie even flatter by sewing a stich along the topside of the flutter sleeve.  (see below).

Now for the bow.  Using one of the leftover sleeves, cut a 3 inch section out.

Fold this section in half hamburger style and and sew the ends.  so that you have a little cuff thing.

Cut another piece of fabric for the inside of the bow. Mine was about 3 in x 1.5 in.

Fold this in half hamburger style and sew just like you did before.

Now using insert the large cuff into the small cuff with the seams facing the back.  Glue with Fabric glue or sew on if you prefer.

Attach your bow wherever you choose.  I used my fabric glue for this as well.

Ta-Da! There you have it.  You have taken a regular craft store boxy T-shirt and made it into a cute blouse. Now doesn't that red bow remind you of Snow White?

Can't wait to see all the upcycling that will be going on the remainder of Sew Chic Upcycling Week!

Wow!  I'm beyond impressed that you can take those *ugly* Hobby Lobby T's and make something so darling out of it.  I've got several of those shirts in my stash just waiting to do something with!

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  1. What a great upcycle! What started as a non-descript T-shirt is now SUPER cute on that darling little girl!

  2. Thanks for having me! I have sure enjoyed seeing all the fun projects people have done.

  3. Thanks for sharing that, Lisa! I can wait to try some of your ideas.

  4. What a fun idea! I can't wait til I have a little girl to make that for!
    Ameryn Marie

  5. These are adorable! Thanks for the detailed tutorial!

    Mens Shirts Store USA

  6. I must say this is really fantastic clothing that you have worn.Looks cool on you and I also recommend you


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