Hi, Sewers! This post marks our first month of Sew You Had a Boy. We hope you’ve found a nugget or two to use in your own sewing. Today we are sharing a tutorial to dress up your boy t-shirts. In reality this would work for girls- or grownups too!
The inspiration for this project came from a number of pictures we saw floating around the web and Pinterest.
The top I made today has snaps at the shoulder. I have a button shoulder in process, too, and I’ll tell you where to make the change if you would like to make that version.
A knit top pattern or existing top to draft off of. I’m using the Flashback Skinny Tee.
Your base fabric. I’m upcycling a woman’s tee.
Rib knit for your neck, optional knit for your cuffs and/or waistband
Snaps or buttons. I’m using 2 5/8″ snaps on each shoulder.
To create your shoulder placket (is that a placket? I’m going with that), extend the shoulder straight out 1″ on your front and 2″ on your back.
Cut your sleeves as you would normally.
I serged the top edge of my shoulders. I did it in part to make it clearer in pictures, and in part to make me feel the edge was a little more finished.
Now I’m going to turn over the top on all four edges. Turn 1′ over toward the wrong side of your piece. Press the heck out of it.
Now if you are going to use buttons. Sew your buttonhole(s) now. Put them on the front tab you’ve just created.
Lay your shoulders over each other. The tab on the back of your shirt will be on the bottom when the shirt is worn. In other words, it’s where the button is sewn. So in this situation you are looking at the wrong side of your fabric, the back is on top. The tops of your shoulder should line up with the stitching line you made above.
I pinned my shoulder pieces together as they will be when your button/snap is in place. If you aren’t confident you can keep them together, baste them first.
Set your sleeve as you normally would.
Flip it over. Pull your pins, and now you have this:
I’m using a clearance tshirt, and I stole the hems, so that step is done for me. If you need to finish your cuffs and hems, now is the time
As a side note: while these snaps do function, his shirt slips on and off without undoing them.
I cut the normal neck ribbing and then cut it in half. Then I sewed it on the front and back of the neckline. As a last step, I add the snaps (or the buttons).
And for a refreshing change of pace, he loves it.
How do you dress up your boy’s basics?