refashioned tshirt into new top

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refashioned t shirt topRemember the three tshirts transformed into two baby dresses from last week? Before I chopped up the tshirts I had a thought about creating myself a top too.

I started by comparing the navy long-sleeved top with a knit top which fits me well. I used this as a rough pattern. The idea to utilize the upper part of the top plus sleeves, saving the bottom part of the tshirt for the dresses.

T Shirt refashion

It was clear I needed to refit the sleeves as the shoulders were just too big.

Chopping up the top

I laid out my pattern pieces, feeling quite excited about how the top was coming together.

pattern pieces laid out

The knit fabric was kindly given to me – I love the pattern.

Knit top in progress

But as I sewed it up I was a little disappointed with how the top hung. So I moved the seam between the two fabrics higher and shortened the overall length of the top.

refashioned tshirt with knit fabric

The end result? To be honest it feels like a maternity top (and I have no need for one of those!!).

refashioned top

I’m not sure if it is the hang of the knit fabric? whether it is too full? The overall make?  Any suggestions gratefully received – I love how I continue to learn as I sew:)





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  1. October 18, 2015 / 9:29 pm

    So clever how you’ve made the shoulders narrower! I love the fabric you chose for the bottom, it really goes well with the top half 🙂
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    • Vicky
      October 23, 2015 / 7:09 am

      I do love how sewing with upcycled materials means it really doesn’t matter if it goes wrong, you can just have a go! I would never chop into sleeves on a brand new top!!

  2. October 19, 2015 / 6:13 am

    A wonderful idea and so pretty

    • Vicky
      October 23, 2015 / 7:08 am

      It is pretty fabric:)

    • Vicky
      October 23, 2015 / 7:07 am

      Thanks Rachelle:)

  3. October 19, 2015 / 11:30 am

    I love the way the pattern and top colour look together. I can’t offer any advice because I’m not very good yet with my sewing machine.

    • Vicky
      October 23, 2015 / 7:06 am

      Thanks Vicky, I suspect if my daughter sees it I will have a few comments that I should have made her a skirt!!

  4. October 19, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    You are so clever and brave with your refashioned garments.
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  5. October 19, 2015 / 11:08 pm

    Would darts in the front from bottom to seam help?

    • Vicky
      October 23, 2015 / 7:10 am

      ooh, thats an idea.

  6. October 21, 2015 / 3:33 pm

    I don’t think it looks maternity. But if you think the bottom feels to full, maybe you can take it in on the side a bit to give the waist more shape.
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    • Vicky
      October 23, 2015 / 7:05 am

      Have to admit I am now wondering if it would hang better if I pressed the hem!!

    • Vicky
      October 23, 2015 / 7:11 am

      I think that is the way to go, plus a good press:)!

  7. October 22, 2015 / 10:05 am

    I really love the final look of the top, I don’t think it looks maternity at all but maybe you’re just used to wearing more fitted clothes? I find it amazing how you can chop it all up and put it back together again! X
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    • Vicky
      October 23, 2015 / 7:04 am

      Thanks for your kind comments:)

  8. October 23, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    I don’t think it looks maternity, but I must admit that I liked the longer version. I love the way you mix, match and restyle. 🙂
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  9. Sara
    June 10, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    I would make or add ties to the sides and then it would cinch in at the waist if you tied it at the back.

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