Jun 15, 2010

J. Crew Tee Repurpose

Just in case you missed it, here is the post I did for my feature at Sumo's Sweet Stuff, who I featured here yesterday:

I recently decided that I wanted some cute shirts this summer, but didn't have much money to spend.  So, I pulled out all my boring tees and decided to do some revamping!  I looked around at what other creative bloggers were doing (and found lots of ideas on my link party Favorite Things Friday.)  I really liked this shirt:



First I took a plain crew neck tee and cut the neck to make it more of a scoop neck.


Then I took in the sides a little bit.  This is really easy.  All you do is put it on inside out and pin where you want to take it in.  Stitch where you pinned and cut off the excess!


I use the scraps from these changes to make the ruffles.  I just made a basting stitch then pulled the thread to make the ruffles.



Pin the pieces on the neck where you want them and sew them on.



I attached the ruffles all around the neck and doubled them up on one side:


And on the back.  I really like that about it :)


I hope that was clear and that some of you go make one!

32 comments:

Katie said...

Great idea! That turned out super cute.

Van said...

Very cute and quick makeover, the top looks nice on you!

Natalie said...

Impressive...It looks just like it :)

Deepali Kalia Interior Design Blog Filling Spaces said...

Oh soo crafty:) u are very talented

Meg said...

So cute! Great job! :) I need to get back into sewing, it's been almost a year since I've done any sewing, wow.. just realizing that! Time flies!

www.meg-land.blogspot.com

xx

Meg said...

PS - your hair looks lovely! Love the color! :) xx

Justine said...

I really like how you put ruffles on the back and a little more on one side! great job. I also love the color on you.

Kate said...

Very nice! I just found your blog through the link party at Tea Rose Home. I am inspired to make my own! :)
Kate
http://tarheellassie.blogspot.com

Staci J said...

That's so simple but sooo cute!! Thanks for sharing!
Visiting from Sew much Ado
justsewsassy.com

Andrea said...

Love this one!

KJ said...

Great refashion, I love how you used the scraps to make the ruffles. Some refashion use two shirts, but yours uses only one. Very resourceful.

Amanda K @ Every Crafty Endeavor said...

very cute! I love the refashion!

Amber said...

Super cute tee! Love it.

southernscraps said...

Nice job!

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Cute! I've got to do something with my boring shirts.

Lanie Ree said...

Wow, this is fantastic! You make it look easy, too.

Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy Session at Life in the Pitts

Lanie Ree said...

I features this today. And I really want to make one, as soon as I have a working sewing machine. So awesome.

http://lanieree.blogspot.com/2010/06/featuring-you_18.html

Michelle said...

I totally bookmarked this one! Way cute!

Elz said...

I love J Crew, but this price looks way better-gotta love DIY projects that look expensive.

melody-mae said...

this turned out super cute!!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

This is adorable! I love the ruffles. Fabulous job! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

ViVE Creation said...

great ! i am going to make one for myself :)
Thank you !

Big Mama Cass said...

OMG that is so adorable! What a great idea!!!

Adam and Wendy said...

I love this!! I have far too many tshirts that I don't wear...so they may get a new look soon! Thanks!

decdiva1 said...

what a talented girl you are! aren't you just the cutest??! wish i could sew, just learning, for home decor, pillows, curtains and stuff. great job!

classycareergirl said...

I love this shirt! I found you on your feature on Life in the Pitts! So impressed!

Bonnie said...

I love it. Great idea.

Cara@TheSheetBoutique said...

Love this... great looks for less! Smart girl!

Summer Miller said...

super cute. I stumbled upon your blog and am really excited to try this. Thanks for sharing.

Kuzak's Closet said...

Looks great, thanks for linking up to our Sister Sister party! http://blog.kuzakscloset.com/

Misty said...

Very cute!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

Michelle said...

I can't wait to try it! I sew for a living but all home decor... haven't made clothes since my kids were little and I used to make them fleece pullovers and PJ's! This sounds like a really fun project to turn a loose fitting, dated t shirt into a diva shirt!!!

Michelle