The Sewing Bug Strikes Back!

A few weeks back, I had a much-needed date with my sewing machine to give some new life to one of my favorite old t-shirts. (You can see it here!) Since I enjoyed it so much, I decided to have some more fun.

And the two became one...

And the two become one…

I started off with two shirts that just don’t work for me on their own. The stripped shirt’s neckline is just too high for my body type. (At least, I think so.) And the lace shirt is beautiful but it doesn’t breathe. At all. Which makes it miserable to wear even in the winter.

Two great shirts that just don't work so well on their own...

Two great shirts that just don’t work so well on their own…

But I figured that they would make the perfect shirt when combined. While I would have loved to use the lace sleeves, that’s the most suffocating part of the shirt, so instead, I opted to use the stripped shirt’s sleeves. That’ll make more sense in a minute…

So, first, I cut the shirts straight across just below the arm holes.

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Then I cut the sleeves off of the lace shirt (much to my chagrin because they’re beautiful).

With those gone, it was time to pin the top part of the lace shirt to the bottom part of the stripped shirt.

Always make sure that right sides are together!

Always make sure that right sides are together! And leave at least a pressure foot’s width of seam allowance!

After I sewed them, I made sure that the seam laid nicely.

Here’s what it looked like at this point:

From the front...

From the front…

... and the back

… and the back

Cute and certainly a finished product, but I wanted to make it look a little more sophisticated, so I added the stripped shirt’s sleeves back onto the existing armholes.

The key is to start at the side seams at the bottom of the sleeve and pin towards the top. Make sure it lays flat the whole way.

The key is to start at the side seams at the bottom of the sleeve and pin towards the top. Make sure it lays flat the whole way.

Once I sewed them on (right sides together and very gently), the shirt was ready!

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Finally done!

And just like that, the lace that I liked from the one shirt makes the stripped shirt more flattering. And less suffocating. What will become of the lace sleeves and the rest of the lace shirt? Only time will tell…

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