Shirt Redo- Buttons and Resizing

I have this shirt. We had a love/hate relationship. It was a tad bit too big but it was so versatile at the same time. The v-neck was a little too wide an pooched out. I saw this tutorial (obviously I'm inspired by the things I see on the internet since my crafts recently have all sparked from ideas on the web-yes I love pinterest) and thought I could apply it to my sad shirt. See here it is being sad:

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So here is my tutorial for resizing and adding buttons:

What you will need:
Shirt you want to redo
Scrap of fabric (not pictured) (1.5" x length of the shirt)
General Sewing Supplies

Step 1: Turn shirt inside out and find the center of the front. My shirt was a v-neck so I just folded it in half at that line. Cut the shirt length wise.

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Step 2: Line the scrap of fabric up on the backside of the left edge and fold 1.5". Overlap the right side and pin in place.

Step 3: Sew the edge of the left piece the length of the shirt. I also sewed the far side. (See last picture)

Step 4: Sew on buttons. I arranged my assorted buttons, measured the length of the shirt, and divided the length by the number of buttons. My buttons were 1 1/8" apart. I sewed on the first button and measured from the middle of that button 1 1/8" and marked with a fabric pencil. Well, I tried but the pencil wouldn't work so I just tried to juggle the tape measure in one hand while I started the needle in the right spot.

Step 5: Have a now happy shirt!

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Got any good tshirt redos?


Just Jaime said...

Can you believe she just had a baby in June people? And she has to take her clothes IN! Amazing! Great redo!

Marie said...

Don't you love making over old tshirts into something you love! Thanks for linking up with us at Show & Share!


They call me grandma said...

The shirt looks great--good idea. I love the button colors!!

Ashley said...

great job! thanks for sharing:) i love the shirt color too!

Bailey K. | Travel Heals said...

wow, this is awesome. it looks so great on you! i'll have to keep this in mind when i'm about to throw away an old shirt!

i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

thanks so much for sharing!

Heather Landry said...

I love all of the buttons. Your redo turned out really cool!

Tracy said...

This is an awesome idea.
I love it.
Your shirt can be fitting yet doesn't open inbetween the buttons :)

Anonymous said...

Great idea!

Jill Sarginson said...

That is a fantastic idea! You are so smart!! :)

Cherish said...

I love the varied colors of buttons.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Great job! Love it! Thanks for linking up to Things I've Done Thursday!


Unknown said...

Never thought to slice a shirt down the front and add buttons. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

Katherines Corner said...

what a cute idea, love it!Hugs and wishes for a weekend filled with happy!

Tamdsgns said...

Cute idea! turned out great!tfs!

Kaitlin Saenz said...

Such a great idea! Thanks for responding to my invite!

Julia said...

It looks very good! I like the buttons idea, it turns the whole shirt into a colorful and trendy piece of clothing. I myself like very much buttons :) I have a real passion for button and watches so I guess I will definetely try your idea. Thanks!

Jill said...

Great idea for that shirt! Love all the different shaded buttons you used!

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Stephanie said...

Really cute--love the colored buttons!

Meri said...

That is awesome! You did a great job!

Glad to have found your blog via Ma Nouvelle Mode's link party :)

Unknown said...

This turned out so cute! Definitely on my list "for when I learn to sew"! Pinned you, thanks for playing along with Paper Catnip & Cupcakes Pinterest Project Show-Offs :)

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