RSS Feed

Tag Archives: T-shirt upcycle

Keeping My Belly in Check(s)

Self-discipline regarding food and drink is NOT my strong point. As a result, my mid section is not what I’d like it to be (in fact, it’s way more). I do quite a bit of sucking in, but sometimes I’d just rather wear a loose top, and breathe easy.

I’d had these two Goodwill bargains hanging around for quite a while, and thought it might be fun to combine them.

T shirt refashion









I cut most of the blue sweatshirt off (another piece for the fabric stash), and cut the XXL men’s shirt across at the armpits. I switched the shirt to button down the back. It was wide enough to make pleats – one inverted at CF, and one either side of the button band on the back.

I stitched the chopped off garments together, and overlocked the edges.

Well…..not the most imaginative of refashions, but it’ll help to hide the belly until I wrangle my appetite under control!

Later that same week…………….

Hmm, had left Sheila standing quietly in the corner for a couple of days, wearing this and thought it looked quite cute. Then, I put it on and had my husband take photos  – it looked terrible!!

I will use the idea of the chopped off T with a shirt bottom, but I guess Sheila can have this one – not that she gets out much, usually just hangs around the house naked!



“I would go out tonight, but I haven’t got a stitch to wear”……..YET!

So my friend invited a group of girls (I use the word ‘girls’ in the loosest sense, as we’re all rather mature) over to her house for dinner. What to wear (the eternal question)?

I’m still carrying a little Christmas weight gain, and, as she was taking the trouble to cook for us, I wanted room under the waistband for some good grub! Therefore, jeans came off the list of possibilities.

I decided to wear the denim skirt from my I’m no Goldilocks project. It’s got an elasticated waist and is very comfortable. OK, bottom half sorted out……now what?

I had a couple of hours before I needed to get ready, so I pulled out a T-shirt I got at Goodwill the week before.

WP_20150123_001 (2)

I guessed it would be tight when I picked it up because it was only a medium, but I really liked the color, the double V-necks, and the sleeve shape. Sure enough, it was tight around the hips and the “keyhole” detail couldn’t be pulled very tight.

The first step was a no-brainer – chop off just under the bust.


I cut the ties off in case I wanted to use them later.

Then, I rifled through my stash hunting for some grey knit to color block with the purple. I couldn’t find any with the right amount of stretch, but discovered some lilac lightweight sweater knit I’d forgotten about. I cut a rectangle, made a tube, folded it in half and overlocked it on. Finally, I used the two ties across the back neck.



Done, in plenty of time. Now to add boots, and find a necklace.

Well, Morrisey, I found a stitch to wear, and I AM going out tonight!!