We have a particular kitty shirt that was incredibly well loved. I found a picture of her wearing it in late 2012, and almost 4 years later it is definitely too short. (I bought that tee to go with the pants I made in that picture.) The weird thing is, I kept putting this shirt in the giveaway pile and it kept magically re-appearing on my missy’s body! (The combination of droopy drawers and underbelly baring tees are not necessarily a person’s best look, ha ha.)
After at least the 10th time of making her take off the shirt- I decided to try to upcycle the design to another shirt.
I found this pink sweatshirt at Wal-mart and grabbed it specifically for this project. The shirt is practically the exact pattern as my free raglan tunic top pattern (has a slightly wider neckline) but I just wanted to get this done. (If I waited until I sewed a new top- It would be another year before I posted this!)
Came out pretty darn cute!
Here is how I did it:
Carefully cut around the design on the original shirt. Cut as close as you can- but if there is embroidery, be careful to not cut into that. (If you do, try adding a bit of fray check to that spot.)
(I probably could have cut closer- but I originally planned to use red thread and sew through the original fabric. I determined it would be easier to sew along the actual design.)
Pin the design in place.
Carefully stitch around the design.
We have a new top that my kitty crazy daughter loves!
What do you think? Do you have any tops this could work for?
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Ball Point needles
- Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
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