Nothing says “Spring” like stripes!

Nothing says spring like stripes.

This XL thrift store striped shirt was just begging me for a refashion. I was inspired by Little Miss Momma  and my wonderful new assistant, Valerie, to make this spring shirt and necklace.


So let’s get started:

The original shirt was not only huge, but the v neck was way too low for me. I turned it around on my dress form to use the back for the front and the front for the back. 🙂


Next, I cut off the sleeves and saved them for later.

Then I cut the neckline for a much better look.

I measured the side seams to fit better and pinned it to fit. I even sized it to my curves so it would be a custom fit.


After pinning, I took the shirt off the form and drew a seam line with tailor’s chalk. I then sewed and trimmed both side seams.

Now it’s time to sew the neckline. After folding the raw edge under, I sewed all the way around once. Then folded it under again and did a double seam. It would’ve been nice to have a double needle, but I did the best I could with one.

I found out that when sewing with thin t shirt material, the needle you use is EXTREMELY important. I used a 70/09 needle made especially for knits. If you don’t use the right needle you will get missed stitches.

This is what the back looks like now:

Next up, sewing the sleeves back in. Putting the sleeve inside the armhole right sides together, I eased the sleeve into the hole with small pleats at the shoulders.

And now a much better fit!!!

I used the other green shirt to make the necklace. There is a wonderful tutorial on how to make the Pom Pom Bib Necklace on Little Miss Momma’s page

Remember, THINK SPRING!!!!!

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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10 Responses to Nothing says “Spring” like stripes!

  1. Very cute! I’ve yet to refashion a knit top but it’s something I’d like to try soon. Thanks 🙂

  2. Bridget says:

    Love it! It’s amazing what a little cutting and restitching can do for a shirt. They look great on you!

  3. You are making me nuts !!!!! I want to try all I see. 🙂 btw any tips on where to get a good dress form?

    • And you are making me smile 🙂 I hope you send me pictures when you make something. I ordered my dress form from Joanns. I waited for one of their sales because, to me, they’re quite expensive. There are some good tutorials out there on how to make your own from duct tape, but I just decided to bite the bullet and buy one. Happy Friday!

  4. Great tutorial! Thanks for posting it. I love the cha cha necklace. It’s sooo Anthropologie.

  5. redlipsandblackmascara says:

    These tutorials are amazing!!! I’m trying to make clothes from fabrics and old clothes and these are really helpful!! Can’t wait to see what you do next!!! 🙂

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