Girlify a men’s t-shirt: making t-shirts more feminine – Guest Post by Lisa @ Cucicucicoo

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Here’s today’s guest: Lisa @ Cucicucicoo.com: do you ever feel that you know someone also if  you’ve never seen him/her? This is what happened when I virtually met her: twin souls <3

You can read this post in italian, going to her blog!

Today she’s sharing one of her great step-by-step tutorials about how-to

Girl-ify a Men’s T-shirt

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Hi, everyone! Lisa here from Cucicucicoo! I’m so happy to be a guest of Irene’s here on Serger Pepper! Irene and I both are huge fans of using materials that we already have, so today I’d like to share a really useful refashioning tutorial with you.

Girlify a men's t-shirt: a refashioning tutorial

Have you ever seen a really cool men’s t-shirt that you’d love to wear yourself…

Serger Pepper - Girlify a men's t-shirt: a refashioning tutorial by lisa - Cucicucicoo.com

…except you look like a sack of potatoes in it?

Serger Pepper - Girlify a men's t-shirt: a refashioning tutorial by lisa - Cucicucicoo.com

I scored these awesome music-themed graphic t-shirts from my husband’s bureau (I convinced him that he never wore them so he should give them to me!), but I can’t stand wearing baggy t-shirts, especially when they bunch up under my armpits. Ugh! So, let’s do some quick surgery to girlify a men’s t-shirt!
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Turn your men’s t-shirt inside out and fold it in half the long way. Make sure that the inner layer of fabric reaches all the way to the fold and carefully line up the collar, shoulders and sides. Then fold a t-shirt that fits you well the same way and line it up along the fold and shoulders.

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Trace around the bodice of the t-shirt with tailor’s chalk. Lift up the sleeves to trace along the seam that connects them to the bodice. Then line up the top fold and hem of the sleeves of both shirts and trace around them in the same way.

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Cut 1 cm outside of the traced lines except at the very bottom of the shirt. You’ll probably want to re-hem it, so cut about 4 cm outside of that line. Because of the much smaller sleeve size, the armpit ended up going over the sleeve seam, but don’t worry about it if it’s just a little bit.

Note that not all t-shirts have the same stretch, so some might seem smaller, but can actually fit around you better than another that looks bigger but has less stretch. It’s therefore always wise to err on the large side when cutting out your pieces. You can always make them smaller, but it would be a little complicated to make them bigger!

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Open up and lay out the original shirt body piece and position one of the new cut sleeves on top of it, right sides facing. Take care to line up the center of the sleeve and the center of the armscye (where the sleeve attaches to the bodice).

Serger Pepper - Girlify a men's t-shirt: a refashioning tutorial by lisa - Cucicucicoo.com

Start pinning the two edges together, working from the center towards one side.

Serger Pepper - Girlify a men's t-shirt: a refashioning tutorial by lisa - Cucicucicoo.com

Then continue pinning from the center towards the other side. The two layers will not lay together flat, so you’ll have to maneuver them with your hands to fit them together. The ends of the sleeves should reach to the end of the armpit on the bodice. If you find that one end doesn’t reach over all the way and the other end goes too far, remove the pins and move the whole sleeve over a little bit and repin. Repeat with the other sleeve.

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Sew along the pinned edges of both sleeves with a 1 cm seam allowance. I preferred using a serger, but you could also use a triple straight stitch (a stitch I learned about thanks to Irene!)

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Remember how I had to cut into the armscye seam? This is what it looks like after the sleeve is reattached. There’s a bit of confusion of seams, but it really doesn’t bother me because you can’t really even notice the extra seam under your arm.

Serger Pepper - Girlify a men's t-shirt: a refashioning tutorial by lisa - Cucicucicoo.com

Now place your t-shirt flat with right sides facing. Line up the side edges and pin them together.

Serger Pepper - Girlify a men's t-shirt: a refashioning tutorial by lisa - Cucicucicoo.com

As you are reusing the original sleeve hems, you want to be really careful to line them up perfectly, then line up the armpit seams and then work your way down. The bottom doesn’t have to line up perfectly because that needs to be finished off afterwards. (By the way, that white stuff is chalk, not deodorant!)

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Sew from the sleeve hem all the way down to the bottom with a serger or triple straight stitch. Then do the same on the other side. Turn the shirt right way out and try it on. If it’s too wide, take in the side seams a little bit.

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Now let’s finish off the bottom. T-shirt jersey doesn’t fray, so you could always just trim the bottom so that it’s even and be done with it. Or you could just pass the bottom through the serger and leave it as is. Or you can get iron the edge inwards and sew it in place with a triple straight stitch or zig zag or with a coverlock machine, if you’re lucky enough to have one! I chose to serge the bottom, fold it up and stitch in place with a double needle. I like this effect because it looks pretty similar to a coverlock seam. (I finally, in this step, realized that it would make more sense to take my photos with a lighter colored shirt, not a black one. Better late than never!)

Serger Pepper - Girlify a men's t-shirt: a refashioning tutorial by lisa - Cucicucicoo.com

Sooo much better now! The shirts have a much more feminine feel to them now and are so much more comfortable without all that excess fabric. That cassette tape is taking on some pretty bizarre curves, but my husband said that he likes it that way! Ha!

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And check out my awesome pits! The shirts’ armpits are much slimmer now and you can only notice the extra seam from when cutting out the pieces if I walk around with my arms in the air and pointing it out. I’m certainly not going to lose any sleep over it! I love my new t-shirts and this is such an easy refashion!

Do you have some men’s t-shirts to girlify? I’d love to see how you fix them up! Post any pictures on the Cucicucicoo Creations Flickr group and stop by my website for lots of great refashioning and sewing tutorials! Or come join me on Facebook! See you soon! 🙂 Lisa

 

… thanks for being here, Lisa<3

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Hi there! I love sewing, creating my own patterns and refashioning pre-loved clothes... If you love the same things, why not be friends? See you on Pinterest http://Pinterest.com/MammaNene

12 Comments

  1. […] di nuovo Irene per avermi ospitato! Se non la conosci, ti consiglio di andare a trovarla a Serger Pepper per tanti progetti e […]

  2. cucicucicoo August 5, 2014 at 14:25 - Reply

    Thanks again for having me, Irene! 🙂

  3. agy August 6, 2014 at 17:20 - Reply

    LOL, loved it when you said there wld be lots of arm pits. Great girlification!

  4. Beatriz Azuara August 7, 2014 at 19:20 - Reply

    I love, As I told Lisa I like so much more feminine. Thank you very much for putting the tutorial is very well explained, comes in handy.

  5. Mireille August 19, 2014 at 06:08 - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Almost every time I go to Target or Urban Outfitters, the guys’ t-shirt section always have the coolest designs (I am so over the “Princess”, “My Little Pony” and “It’s all about me” lameness in the ladies’ section). It never occurred to me before now that I could pick out something more my “geek speed” from the men’s department, alter it as you shown above and still look feminine.

    • Lisa August 19, 2014 at 08:18 - Reply

      I’m soooo with you on this one!!

    • cucicucicoo August 19, 2014 at 20:20 - Reply

      I totally agree! I hardly ever like the women’s designs, but there are so many cool men’s ones!

  6. cliffhangercarol August 26, 2014 at 19:25 - Reply

    This is brilliant! I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this, but couldn’t think how to do the sleeves. And now you’ve showed me. Thank you!

  7. Angelina Lee January 23, 2015 at 11:46 - Reply

    Its really nice collection & brilliant idea.I totally agree with your ideas & designs shared by you. They are really very nice & awesome.

  8. Jenny April 24, 2015 at 09:05 - Reply

    Ahhhhhhhhh! Thank you!!! I’ve tried to feminize t-shirts at least 10 different ways, but it never looks right. This is it!

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