One of the easiest (and most fun) ways to incorporate DIY into your wardrobe is to makeover ready made clothing with a little handmade twist. In addition to local thrift stores, Target is my personal fave for scoring basics that could use just a little updating. I trolled the aisles last weekend looking for fun things that caught my eye and were begging for an update, and I came home with this bare bones 12-dolla (holla!) long sleeve black tee.
While not exactly eye-catching, I find that basic tees are the perfect building blocks for a more exciting wardrobe. But no need to go out and buy one. Simply find an old tee you already own, replace the sleeves with lace or silk or whatever you have on hand, and you're ready for date night or the office holiday party.
And the best part? It only cost me $8 in fabric and supplies!
- With the shirt right-side out, gently pull the fabric on either side of the sleeve seam apart until you spot the stitch.
- Grab your seam ripper and begin ripping the thread every 1/2 inch or so all the way around the arm-hole. Once you have loosened the seam enough (for particularly stubborn seams, you may need to use scissors to snip the seam apart), remove the sleeve from the shirt.
- Use the old sleeve to make the new sleeve. Fold your lace lengthwise and lay the old sleeve on top of it with the fold of the sleeve lined up with the fold of the lace. Trace your sleeve onto the lace, being sure to add a 1/2 inch seam allowance on all sides. Cut it out.
- Make sure your lace sleeve is folded in half with right sides together. With a 1/2 inch seam allowance and a zigzag stitch, sew down the length of the sleeve being sure to leave the top where the sleeve will connect to the arm hole open. Next, cuff the bottom of the sleeve using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
- With your tee shirt inside out and your new sleeve right side out (so that right sides are touching), place your sleeve inside your shirt and line it up with the arm hole. I started by making sure the seams were aligned, then moved on to the shoulders. From there I simply stretched the sleeve and pinned as I went until I got all the way around.
- Sew the sleeve to the armhole. Do the same steps for the other sleeve and you're done!