Project: How to Reshape a Boxy T-shirt
Ah, T-shirts. I don’t know about you, but my family practically lives in them. Boxy tees aren’t so great for women, though, if you ask me. We aren’t shapeless — why should our T-shirts be? Fortunately, it’s easy and fun to change up a tee and restyle it into a new look.
See this shirt?
Cute, right? Perfect for that little holiday we had last week where you have to wear green? (Heh.) I bought it last year despite the fact it’s all squarish, but I never got around to restyling it.
For starters, I had to change the neckline because my neck is short — and high-necked tops make me look like I don’t have a neck at all!
I folded the shirt in half.
Then I measured how much I wanted to cut away.
This cut gives me a wide-open neck.
Then, I had to get rid of the square, boxy shape. I decided to trim an inch off each side. So I measured.
And I cut.
You might just cut a slight crescent-ish shape for the waist if you like. I cut all the way from the underside of the sleeve down the side to the hem at the bottom of the shirt.
And this is what you have now.
Now turn your T-shirt inside out — in sewing language, put your right sides together.
To finish a raw edge, fold the edge to the under side of the fabric just a bit (a quarter-inch or so), then fold again, and sew.
Sew the sides — where you cut the fabric away — to create a new seam.
Then turn your T-shirt right side out. You have a refashioned tee!
For more ways to slice up, restyle or upcycle a T-shirt, check out Generation T.