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Refashion: Too-short T-shirts into Tunics


I share my world with a 5 and half year old who is on her way up. Like a weed, as they say. Which means we're drowning in perfectly good long-sleeved t-shirts that are way too short for her. Way. And then we got a big bag of hand-me-downs from her cousin and suddenly had even more of them. All. too. short.
So I spent a couple of hours chopping them up and making "tunics" and dresses. And I do mean a couple of hours. This was very quick, very satisfying work. And the kid is happy too :)


The process was as simple as it looks. I used a dress that fits her as a length guide, cut strips and used a broad zig-zag stitch to join everything (see below for links to detailed tutorials). I like how shabby it looks with all the stitching showing. But the primary reason for doing this was comfort. All those seams against her skin would be irritating.


I was in a hurry so I used thread I already have. If I ever do this again, I'll make an effort to use brightly colored thread. :) 

If you'd like to see some actual, step-by-step tutorials for what I did here:

1. Great instructions for creating the color-blocking: Click here and here
2. How to add a triangle of fabric into the side of a too-tight shirt to widen it
2. How to use old leggings to add sleeves to a short-sleeved t-shirt


I don't tackle refashions for myself very often or with a lot of confidence. But I really love playing with Ms R's clothes!