Is anyone else confused by this title? Ha, me too. This refashion, made by putting two t-shirts together may puzzle some. Why put two t-shirts together you ask? I will give you the same answer that I gave my husband when he asked where I got the inspiration for this shirt. My stomach. Well some shirts (pre-baby) are a little snug around the tummy if you know what I mean. So I wanted a shirt that was fitted at the top but looser around the waist. I grabbed two shirts, one that was snug as a bug in a rug and another that was looser.
I liked the looser one except for the collar which was too low and wide for me. And the cutting began.
First off I cut the top portion off of the shirt that would become my new lower part. Then I put on the tight shirt to see where I wanted to cut it and put a pin to mark my spot.
Cut the tight shirt at the indicated pin. At this point you can either sew the two shirts together or do what I did. I elected to put in some pleats to the bottom part of my shirt. I did six pleats total. Three on one side of the center facing inward and three on the other side of the center also facing inward. Sew them down.
I took some leftover pieces of of the top grey shirt and cut 2 inch strips which I sewed together into one big long strip. I pinned pleats in the strip.
Pin the pleated strip onto the shirt where the two different shirts meet. I put on the shirt and pinned a few so that I see exactly where I wanted it to be.
Sew the pleats on, in the direction of the pleating so that you don’t run into the pleats. I sewed a total of three lines on the pleats so that it wouldn’t be floppy.
Then you are done. boo-ya. New shirt for FREE!
My loose shirt had a pattern on the front and was solid on the back. If I were to do this again, I would find a shirt that was solid in the front too because I really like how the solid cream color looks with the grey in the back.
I am keeping this in mind as a good option for a maternity shirt because of the optional pleats in the front portion and the ability to make the bottom portion pretty long.