Friday, July 30, 2010

Four Shirts Four Ways ~ Light Beige ~


Hi everyone! This is my last of the four t-shirt makeovers and I really had a hard time deciding what to do with this one. Since this is one of my favorite colors I really wanted to make something I would wear all the time, rather than experiment and oops, I don't think I am going to wear this...

So, after thinking it over for a while, I have decided to do one of my very favorite styles. Remember my original ruffle shirt? I used the same idea, but changed it a little bit to give it more of a boutique feel to it.


{You will need}

Two of the same shirts
Matching thread
About 4 yards of lace (mine is a little less than 1/2" wide)
Two small buttons

{How to}

1. Lay the shirt flat on the cutting board and cut the t-shirt. Cut the bottom, cut the middle part into five parts, that are 2"wide.


2. Take four out of those five loops, cut both sides off to make 2" X 14" strips. The last loop needs to be longer than the others, so cut just one side off. This one will be the ruffle to go on the front neck line.


3. Add lace to the bottom of the strips using a zig-zag stitch.


4. Seal the edges with fray check.


5. Make ruffles. Stitch one side with the largest stitch setting on your sewing machine. Pull one thread to gather the fabric.


6. I wanted to bring the neckline higher for this design, so I cut the very bottom piece of fabric to fill in the v-neckline. Sewed with zig-zag.


7. Pin the longest ruffle to the neckline. I decided not to go all the way around the neck, so when I wear this shirt in the Fall with a cardigan, the back won't be so bumpy.


8. Keep adding the ruffles. Make sure that those ruffles will overlap each other a little bit.




9. Lay the t-shirt flat on table and mark the middle part of the sleeves. Fold the sleeve and stitch two places to secure the pleats. Add button.

 

10. I made some flowers with the leftover fabric pieces. Although, I couldn't decide if I liked the t-shirt with flowers or without. So, I made it in to a corsage...


Many places are having such good sales on summer items right now. If you find great deals on t-shirts, that will be your chance to make a one of a kind shirt for yourself on a small budget! My Four Shirts Four Ways challenge is over, but I will be doing more t-shirt makeovers in the future. They are lots of fun!

64 comments:

  1. Very, very pretty! Nice choice! I am so envious of your creations! =]

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  2. Love the addition of the lace! It makes it look so beautiful!

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  3. oh oh this is so beautiful..the lace trims are just gorgeous..i think this one is my favourite yet!!

    i love your blog,and i thiink you are awesome! :-)

    love the model too! ;-)

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  4. I thing this is one of he most beutifil remade t-shirts I've seen!
    Thanksfor sharing!

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  5. OMG! This is so adorable. I will definitely make one of this when I have time. =) Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I absolutely LOVE this one! Great idea... Im going to have to try to find some shirts now :)

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  7. I really love this one! The lace is a perfect added
    touch. You have been the inspiration for me when
    it comes to tshirts...Thanks:) Have a wonderful day.

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  8. I have a question about the ruffles. I made your version of the first ruffle shirt last night but the bottom of each ruffle keeps curling up. How did you keep yours flat?

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  9. This is my favorite thus far, so pretty, I love it!

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  10. It turned out so beautiful and feminine!
    My sewing machine has been broken for the past month and I've been watching your shirt ideas and just itching to do some for myself. It's getting fixed today, so, pretty "new" tops here I come!

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  11. I think it's lovely and so simple.

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  12. That's beautiful! I love the sleeve detail--I didn't even notice it at first, but it adds even more to that "boutique" feel. I think I will use that strategy for sleeves that are to full and square on me. The center pleat will shape it a bit more.

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  13. I tried this without the lace and everything shrunk up and looks awful. Do you have to iron the layers down after each wash or am I doing something wrong? Love the idea! vvkirkley@yahoo.com

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  14. I was going to say this one is my fav, but I really can't decide. They are all great, and they look great on you. I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

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  15. The shirt looks great! I love how you used the lace! :) x

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  16. This is my favorite one!!!! The lace really does make it look boutique!!! I will definatley be making this one!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. This one is my favourite :) Beautiful.

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  18. Hi, can you tell me how you created your badge on your side bar? I don't like 3rd party choices, but wonder if you can direct me, oh and I love your ideas, they are always so refreshing!

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  19. Hi, can you tell me how to create a badge for your link parties...I would like to do something similar, oh and also, love your refashion ideas, they are so easy to follow!

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  20. This t-shirt is so lovely. Sometimes I think I can sew and attempt to make darling things like this ...

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  21. So, so pretty! I love all four of the shirts you made over.

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  22. LOVE this one - especially the lace! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  23. very cute! I just bought 8 shirts yesterday from target for 1.98 each to try out this experiment. I'm doing a few different designs on mine because horizontal ruffles don't look so hot on a busty girl!!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  24. that is really a beautiful shirt. I see so many tee refashions that look like...tee refashions. but i swear! your stuff always looks so professional and perfect. i love it.

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  25. So pretty! I love the lace trim!

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  26. cute as ever. Have been on a holiday for almost 3 weeks and have to catch up a lot!!!!

    love Miranda

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  27. This is my favorite of your t-shirt creations! Gorgeous! I have a ton of lace that I need to do something with...

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  28. oooo, this is my favorite of the four! Beautiful!

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  29. This top is too cute...I love it; you are so creative! You have inspired me to give it try!

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  30. Emily-

    About your question, I am not sure what kind of t-shirt material you used, but most of the ones I use are from Down East. Their t-shirts are thick and I have no problems with curling.

    Also, when I wash the t-shirts I don't put them in the dryer. I always hand iron (stretch the ruffles out and flatten them if I need to) the ruffles to make them look nice.

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  31. Simplyval-

    When I wash my clothes, I don't put them in the dryer. When I wash my t-shirt, they come out fine, then, I strech out the ruffles to air dry them.

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  32. San-

    Actually, my husband figure out how to make the grab button, I have no idea how he did it!

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  33. Ana-

    I found the t-shirts at Gap. They were having such a good sale (they were down to $7.99 ea and an additional 40% off!) Then the idea of doing Four shirt Four ways came to me! :)

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  34. love how you added the white lace. you are amazing!

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  35. I think this one is my favorite. I LOVE the lace. I love the buttons on the sleeves too! Thanks for the great tute, this is going to the top of my to-do list.

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  36. You are so talented. One of my favorites, so feminine with a pair of dark denim...WOW ! Great job!!
    Stella

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  37. This is such a beautiful shirt! I love the lace trimming on the lightweight knit ruffles!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-romantic-lace-trimmed-ruffle-t-shirt-refashion/2010/08/04/

    --Anne

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  38. This is very pretty but I'd just as soon sew it completely from scratch using T-shirt fabric from a story such as Vogue Fabrics. That way I could get the exact fit and length I want.

    I app-solutely ♥
    my ✄ Fabric U ✄
    iPhone app!
    http://tinyurl.com/242bua9

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  39. This is my favorite. The other 3 are gorgeous as well but I love the coloring of this one and one that I will be trying out myself very soon. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  40. This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. This is a gorgeous shirt. I love the way it looks, the ruffles and the color are perfect.

    Ruth

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  42. Great shirt and tutorial!

    -nicole
    www.craftmysoul.blogspot.com

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  43. Oh my. I *love* that ruffle shirt. It's gorgeous! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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  44. This is super amazing! I really love the lace at the bottom, so beautiful!

    I'm hosting a t-shirt linky tomorrow for the end of my t-shirt week. I hope you'll link up all the shirts you did!

    www.mommagoround.blogspot.com

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  45. Lovely tutorial! I posted it on my blog :)
    http://katiegariepy.blogspot.com

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  46. This is really lovely. Thanks a lot for sharing your ideas.
    Estelle from France
    http://madebyestelle.over-blog.com/

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  47. I loved!
    Brasil - Josiane - http://coisarando.blogspot.com

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  48. the lace trims are just gorgeous..i think this one is my favourite yet!!

    Cool Shirts

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  49. Very pretty , love it and everything else in your blog.

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  50. You have inspired me to ruffle up my own t-shirts. It makes me SOOOOO happy to wear one of my own creations!

    I love this lace trimmed ruffle. I'll find a way to incorporate this idea soon! Thanks!

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  51. This is so sweet! I love the added lace, the corsage, and the buttons on the sleeves!! Very, very nice work : )
    craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

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  52. Hey really nice t-shirt collection. love the t-shirt design. good work keep it up!!!

    Design Your T Shirts

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  53. amazing, amazing :)
    could u post a picture of the finished tee up close?
    thank u
    & really, amazing!!!

    Design Your Own T Shirt

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  54. Hey, This is my favorite of your t-shirt creations! Gorgeous!!! thanks for sharing it. :)

    Custom made dress shirts

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  55. I just keep falling right in love with you...your tutorials are a DREAM and now any time I see a super cute, boutique-style shirt walk by, I think...hey...I can make that myself! All because of your original ruffle shirt tute. I tried it and it was awesome and now I'm hooked! Thanks for the inspiration! Will be linking up to your Blog when I post my shirts! Love, love, love!!!

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  56. You are ridiculously talented! I just came across your site and am just blown away by everything you do! I featured this tutorial on my blog at http://www.livecreativelynow.com/2012/05/awesome-t-shirt-refashion-tutorials.html

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  57. I am also blown away with your talent!
    I have subscribed to your blog and can't wait to see more of your tutorials!
    I have already made a blouse with your flower tutorial...the embellishing turned out sooooo awesome! THANK YOU!

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  58. I agree....you are ridiculously talented! I used one of your tutorials for flowers to embellish my blouse I made . It turned out awesome! THANK YOU!

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