Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Summer up your Wardrobe: Long to Short Tutorial

I found this super cute on clearance at Old Navy for $4.00.
Only problem was, it was long sleeve!
and I live in Florida ... and it's already HOT! :) 
I need short sleeves!
No problem -- it's a six minute fix! 
(This would be a perfect project for a beginner)

I bought my shirt a size larger since I'm pregnant
(and this shirt was not maternity).

1. Grab one of your favorite short sleeve shirts to use as a "pattern". 

2. Now add an additional 1.5-2 inches and cut it off. 
I like to use a Rotary cutter, but scissors would definitely work too.

3. Now flip your shirt inside out. Fold 1" inch and then 1" inch again, to create a new cuff.

4. Iron and pin to keep in place

6. Now it's time to sew! I leave my shirt inside out while sewing. I also used white thread, but if you wanted contrast you could use a different color too! Now straight stitch around the cuff. I always do two lines, but you could just do one if you wanted! :)

7. Trim your threads, turn your shirt right side out and that's it! :) 
Admire your new SHORT SLEEVE t-shirt!

- If you're having trouble with pulling, increase your stitch. 
I usually keep mine at 3.0 or 3.5 for t-shirts.



  1. Brilliant! So smart and savy! Looks great too!

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  2. Love it!!! I did the same thing with my long-sleeve blouses. I live in central Texas so the weather doesn't get too cold, so I altered my blouses to a short sleeve. Now I have more selections for those hot summer days.

    Yoli :)


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