AS A USED CLOTHING STORE, THE ATTIC IS ALWAYS SUPPORTIVE OF REUSING AND RECYCLING CLOTHING. A WEEK AGO OUR EMPLOYEE, SHANNON, WROTE A BLOG POST ABOUT HOW TO SHORTEN A VINTAGE DRESS. FOR THIS NEXT PROJECT, WE’RE GOING TO SHOW YOU WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THE LEFTOVER FABRIC FROM THAT PROJECT (BUT YOU CAN REALLY USE ANY FABRIC YOU WOULD LIKE).
Things You Will Need:
Enough fabric to fit around your waist and not be too short (about ¼ yard)
Measuring tape or string
Sewing machine or needle and thread
7 buttons, any size (this is optional)
*note: this is a basic square shirt with straps. Sewing by hand or with a machine is involved to make the edges look nicer. Folding hems over twice is not necessary; it just makes the garment sturdier and cleaner.
To begin, measure around your chest with a measuring tape, or if you don’t have one (like me), use a piece of string. Remember to measure just a little bit bigger than chest size because it gets smaller when you sew.
lay the fabric flat on the floor or a table. Since the fabric is folded in half, you only need half of the measurement. Fold the string or measuring tape in half.
Mark the fabric with a pin so you know where to cut. Repeat this about 4 more times down the shirt.
Now it’s time to cut! Remember to cut about a ½” from the pins so you have room to sew.
Now flip the two sides over so that the inside is facing out. Pin each side and sew them together.
Now it’s time to hem the top of the shirt. With the inside of shirt facing out, fold the edge over twice and pin it. Flip the shirt over and repeat. Now you can sew the hem.
If you want to add buttons to the front, you can keep reading. Otherwise, skip to step 10. Measure the middle of the shirt and cut down the front layer (don't cut through the back!).
Now it’s time to hem the two front flaps. Fold the edge over twice, pin it, and sew it.
You can either make button holes or, like I did, just sew the buttons to the front. Place one hemmed front over the other and sew the buttons evenly apart (about 1½” apart)
Now you can make the straps. Cut four strips from your fabric, about 1½”-2”.
Hem the straps to make a clean edge. Start by folding one edge to the middle.
Now fold the other edge over it and…
Pin it. Sew them up the middle and sew them together. Cut off any excess.
Pin the straps to the shirt and sew them on. Cut off any excess.
And now you have a really cool, vintage-inspired, hipster shirt!