T-shirt to Sexy Top




Introduction: T-shirt to Sexy Top

How to transform a boring old t-shirt into something that could make you the star of the party: turn it upside down & create some fancy pockets.

Step 1: Things You Will Need

1. Any old t-shirt, large enough to fit you. It is preferable to use a t-shirt that doesn't have big prints or things written on it, as you will turn it upside down.

2. Scissors

3. A sewing machine (or sew it by hand)

4. Safety pins

5. Elastic (about 1,5m)

Step 2: The Lower Part

Measure the circumference of your chest.

Cut a piece of elastic that matches your measurements.

Turn the shirt inside out and cut a small opening on the bottom hem.

Use a safety pin to attach one end of the elastic and insert the pin through the small opening. Pass the safety pin (and the elastic) inside the hem until you reach the other end.

Attach the two ends of the elastic by sewing them.

Turn the shirt right side out. Now it should look like the picture.

Step 3: The Upper Part

We'll now look at the upper part of the shirt.

Use some pins to hold the fabric still.

Cut all excess fabric so in the end you'll have a straight line at the top. Make sure you cut any visible part of the collar.

Use some pins to attach the sleeves at the front of the t-shirt in this particular position (arms crossed). You will sew them on the shirt later.

Use the sewing machine to make a hem where you cut the excess fabric.

Step 4: The Pockets

Turn the shirt inside out.

Sew the sleeves to close their opening to the rest of the t-shirt. Turn back the shirt right side out.

Cut two small slits on the hem of one sleeve, at the inside: each slit should be at one end of the sleeve when it's folded.

Cut a piece of elastic that is shorter than the width of the sleeve.

Pass the elastic through the sleeve's hem using a safety pin. Sew the ends of the elastic to the fabric.

Repeat on the other sleeve.

Now you are ready to attach the sleeves to the t-shirt.

Step 5: Wear It!

Basically, you'll wear your old t-shirt upside down. Depending on the size of your shirt, your result could be worn as a top or a dress.The outside pockets make a nice addition, but you can also attach them to the inside of the shirt, for a simpler outfit.

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81 Discussions

Can't WAIT to make one!!! I'm large busted and I get so tired of not being able to sport a tube top!!!

This is so Awesome!!! I can't wait to try it!

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Should I use my normal t-shirt size, or would anyone recommend moving up one size?

I dont understand the part about folding the sleeves or really anything from there on. Sorry I am sure it is just me trying to make it harder than it is but can you help please?

i so love this .. i'm going to make this for when i go out :D

"a piece of elastic that matches your measurements." would be about one inch less then your original measurement, to keep it snug. If you want it tighter, adjust as needed. Also, (this is a no brainer, but I am saying it anyways) a good way to see the length of the elastic is to hold it up around yourself where it will be then put a mark there. But leave extra just in case!!! Hope this helps!

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fantastic!!! i love it!!! i love t-shirts!!! and this is just amazing!!!!

im already making it!! it's awesome how easy and cool is it!! thanks a lot for making it so easy! and stylish!

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isavendetta, it looks like you added straps, or maybe those are from a bra underneath? Can you elaborate?

oh! actually them are from the bra underneath :P i love to wear it like that because it makes the effect that the straps are from the t-shirt-dress : D even that i think it could be possible to put that kind of bra straps on the dress (yeah some kind of crazy idea but it could work) if you take two little straps of fabric and sew them by hand to the dress (not with the sewing machine because you should sew ones as the ones that bra's have XD) it could work if you want it with them but actually i think it is better for you to look for the strap effect that i made :)

Wonderful idea. Another "add to" suggestion could be instead of running elastic through the bottom seam of the t-shirt you could run a matching ribbon or cord and use that as a drawstring. That way when you wear the shirt you could tie that up around your neck to help hold the shirt up. Just figure I would throw that in. Thanks for sharing. I will have to make one of these very very soon.