As the youngest of four children, I’m used to hand-me-downs.
Since I’ve started refashioning, hand-me-downs have now become a treat!
Not only do the thrift stores supply my new habit, but my friends have been joining in and donating to my obsession.
Here’s a t shirt that was in a bag from Jakkie.
Now let’s get this party started!
I just had to show off my 75 cent thrift store shoes.
Here’s a few other ideas for styling your new shirt:
This was a fun and easy refashion. Think I’m going to make one in every color!
If you try this, I’d love to see pictures!
You might also like:
i’m loving the ruffles!!! 😉
I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of them either. Thanks for visiting!
So clever! I love this idea and love this blog. Here’s to upcycling!
Yep, Here’s to upcycling! Love it!
Love this! How are you making the ruffles? Are they from the sides you trimmed off?
I totally forgot to mention that. I cut the 2 inch strips from a second old yellow t shirt. I’ll have to go back and change that. Thanks for the heads up!
Okay . . . that shirt is seriously cute, but are you stinkin’ kidding me?!? .75 cents?! Those are adorable, Beth. You find another pair, just go on and buy them and I will send you three quarters in the mail, plus cost of shipping. 🙂
Also, wanted to tell you that your tutorials have been so nicely laid out recently. I have noticed the time and effort you have put into making every step of the way appealing to the reader.
Thanks for noticin’ Cara! (Be sure to read that with a Minnesotan accent)
My friend gave me, yes…. gave me her old Canon Rebel XT. So I’ve been experimenting with the new camera and Photoshop. I’m having so much fun, just wish I didn’t have to work full time (Maybe I should say “get to work full time”) Then I’d be doing this 24/7.
I’ll keep my eyes open for some more shoes!!!!
You are amazing! Love this t-shirt!!
You are too kind!
Excellent! I’m wondering if my brother would give me his old t-shirts and if I could make this. There’s only one way to find out!
I say, Go for It!!!! 🙂
Wow! That is awesome.
Did you leave the sleeve openings raw or did you sew up a hem around the arm? I’m not sure whether I should finish the sleeves or leave them raw on the shirt I’m working on. Especially if I need to make some cuts that are angled across the grain in order to make the sleeves fit better.
I just left them raw for now because I’ll most likely wear something over it. But if I end up wearing it this summer by itself I might finish the sleeves.
Thanks for visiting!
Wow, I’m seriously impressed. The tshirt looks fab 🙂
AWWWWW…. Thanks for your encouragement!
I adore the ruffles and also that this shirt would be so comfy since it was originally a t-shirt! Very impressive resourcefulness, Beth:)
Thanks, Jackie! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of ruffles! Have a great Saturday and thanks for visiting!
BEAUTIFUL JOB! I’ve never tried ruffles, I can see I need to! LOVE the jacket in the last photo, that’s adorable! 🙂
Thanks so much!! I’m so glad you like the jacket, I picked it up for a couple bucks at the Salvation Army a few years ago. It’s cute AND it fits me perfectly without any alterations. (That’s usually unheard of for me)
Have a great Saturday and thanks again for visiting!
That is just too cute! I am thinking I am all over that one! 🙂
I can’t wait to see it!
Oops…left off my name…
Holy Cow Woman. Love Love Love the pictures. You are soooo artistic. Not just the Shirt, but the layout and all! Did you steal Steves shirt????
Ha Ha! Not this time :). Jakkie gave me a bag of old t shirts to use. Thanks for noticin’ the pictures! (Be sure to say that in a Minnesotian accent) I’ve been learning my new (to me) camera and photoshop and getting a little carried away. This is a blast and I’m totally hooked!
Ya sure yoooou betcha!
You are ready to cowgirl up with your new shirt and denim jacket!
Bring on the Stockshow!!!!
The refashioned t-shirt is just great! So cute, fresh and feminine! I would never guess it was a refashion – very inspirational 🙂
Thanks Sarah! That means a lot coming from someone as talented as yourself.
Have a good Sunday!
Super cute and styled quite nicely!
Thanks so much Paula!
Thanks for this great tutorial… you make it look so easy! I am definitely going to try this…
It is easy! Please let me know if you need any help and be sure to post pictures!!!! 🙂
You are amazing! I need you to come over and stay while, and refashion everything in my closet! I am ready to throw the whole works out!! And LOVE the shoes, way to go!!
Thanks Leanne! And I need you to come over and redo some rooms in my house! I love what you do to repurpose things.
Happy Easter to you, too!
Very nice and great tip for ruffling. I’ll have to try it. Those shoes are such a great find. They are gorgeous and perfect for summer. Love all of the styling ideas, too. Have a great easter. Looks like you’re ready. That would be a cute outfit to wear for after church.
Thanks so much Trudy!
I hope your Easter is filled with family and fun!
Love the ruffles and love the shoes – a great find 🙂 Enjoy your Easter!
Thanks Agy! I think ruffles are easy to do and look great in so many ways. Thanks again for taking the time to visit and comment!
Happy Easter to you, too!
Love this! Can’t wait to try it.
Oh I hope you do! It’s fun and easy. Be sure to post pictures! I’d love to see what you do with it!
Thanks for visiting!
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Love how the top turned out… Super cute! And those are some awesome shoes… Score!
Thanks Jeanna! Happy Easter!
wow, you’re creative! i love this idea! i will need to try this soon. thanks for visiting and liking my post. awesome blog you have here. you have a new follower! 🙂
Thanks so much Jennifer! I’m having a blast! You have a new follower, too! 🙂
That is sooo cute! I so need a ruffle shirt now!
Oops I always forget to put my name 🙂
Thanks Alissa! I’m just lovin” ruffles now. Take good care of the father of my granddaughter!!! 🙂
Too Cute. Cooper missing some tee shirts? I wonder if a long tee shirt would make a cute dress. Happy Easter!!
You would look so cute in a t shirt dress with ruffles!
Great shirt refashion!! I’ve been wanting to do this forever and just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
I love the shoes, but I really want to know where you got the great bag!!!
Thanks! It’s so quick and easy to do. I hope you try it. If you do, I’d love to see pictures!
I think the bag is from Target several years ago.
Have a good day!
Ive always wanted to get ideas how to make an blah tshirt fit better.. love this idea.. ive not really sewn much, think a beginner can do it???
i am a resale junkie, so just gotta tell ya love the deal on the shoes! it is addictive to shop those stores… my hubby is amazed at all the great stuff i bring home…not thrilled at the amount tho!!! hard to say no to some things!!
I hear ya about the thrift store addiction! My daughter was teasing me about sitting outside our thrift store on morning waiting for them to open. She said, “Mom, it’s like a crack house” 🙂 Funny but a little true. I get such an adrenaline rush each time I get a good deal on something.
I bet you could resize a shirt for yourself. I have several tutorials on this. You can always give me a shout if you need some help. Have a good day!
Love the shoes and love the tip on machine ruffling, I’ll definitely be trying that! Just curious – does the weight of the ruffles pull on the neckline?
I did have a little issue with the weight pulling on the neckline at first but I took in the shoulders a bit and no more sagging. 🙂 Thanks for the visit!
I love your refashions! I live in Brazil and people don´t do this (It´s sad)! Your blog is the best discovery I did this year! Thank you very much for share (??) !! (Sorry for my bad english)
Wow, you’re from Brazil. It’s so fun for me to meet new friends from all over the world. Perhaps you can start a new refashioning crazethere! Thanks for visiting. I hope you’ll be able to visit again soon!
I can’t believe you are a grandma!! You are one young looking grandma! Love your t-shirt!
Thanks Tracey, I get to be a grandma again in October! I can hardly wait!
Congratulations!! That’s wonderful!
Awesome idea. Thanks for sharing
I love this little tee! I’ve found recently that crew neck shirts just don’t look as good on me as they used to. (That age thing!) I have a closet full of them that could be repurposed. Thanks for the idea!
Tee shirts are so satisfying to refashion. No fraying and so forgiving! Hope you get to try it!
So impressive! The ruffled details on the shirt look so professional! Thanks for sharing these ideas and making it look so dang easy. 🙂
Thanks the visit and the encouragement!
Just love it – who’d have thought that baggy tee could look hot? I’ll be trying this myself. I’m having a case of shoe envy too (and ticket envy, our thrift shops cost more than yours!)
I hope you try this! It’s so fun and easy to do!
We are lucky with our little thrift store. I went in last Tuesday, looking for a couple of things and she handed me a bag and said it was bag sale day. Fill a bag for $2.00. I managed to find enough to fill the bag.
Thanks for visiting!
Love it. The colour really suits you. The green shoes + purse are awesome as well.
Great idea! You make it seem so simple!
Enjoy your day!
Love the ruffles!
Wow, your t-shirt is great! Now, if only I could find my portable sewing machine. Oh, who am I kidding, it’s so old I can’t find replacement parts. But seriously, you should be a stylist — your blog is marvelous.
Aren’t you so sweet! Thanks for the uplifting comments! Enjoy your day,
love the ruffles & all the new clothes you’re making and LOVE the AE shoes, 75c, AMAZING!!!!
Thanks, Mellie! I’m having so much fun sewing!
Beth, you are a Rock Star! That’s not only a wonderful transformation but your tutorial is excellent, simple and clear, as well as your photos!
Oh my gosh, “a Rock Star”, you are too cute!
Super cute!! This is great for those oversized shirts you get when you are involved in a charity, pub crawl or large event. I would love to add this to a new DIY section on my website (www.thelinkshoppe.com). I’d love to collaborate with you! Let me know if you are interested. 🙂
Yes, that sounds great. I try to contact you later in the evening after I get home from work.
I just checked out your site. How nice! Feel free to put a link on the DIY page. Let me know if there is anything else you’d like me to do.
Enjoy your day!
Love this idea! I will definitely be trying this out. I love your simple step by step instructions with pictures 🙂
I hope you try it. So easy and fun. Once you start it’s hard to stop!
Thank you so much!
Think of all the things you could add these lovely ruffles to!! Love it!
The possibilities are endless! Thanks for visiting!
This is very neat! Will have to try! 🙂
I hope you are able to try it. So fun and easy to do!
Enjoy your day!
Well that’s just the most amazing thing I’ve seen in ages! I’ve not heard of refashioning – probably because Oklahoma is about 2 years behind everyone else in the country AND I don’t sew at all – But I LOVE this!! Following you now for sure because canning is great but this looks like magic to me!
Oh it’s so nice to have new friends! Thanks for the follow and your encouragement. Up until now I’ve mostly posted sewing and craft projects, but now that summer is almost here, I’m hoping to post more about my canning adventures.
I can’t wait to see what you have in store!
I was going to take pictures this weekend but it’s been cloudy the whole time! I’ve got about 10 new recipes (for the specialty nano-canning book) – However, I will be picking your brain on pickling! I can get beets, peppers, and okra down well but cukes crispness seems to elude me!
I tried a great recipe for refrigerator pickles last fall and they are so crisp and good. Taste just like Claussen pickles. No processing involved and they stay good for a year in the fridge. We are still enjoying them.
Love Claussen pickles!! If they stay good for a year in the fridge, then it’s worth it not to process!
Hey I just noticed you published an e book for Kindle. How cool! I was just looking into this the other day and put it on my list of things to do this summer. Congratulations! I might need to get your help on this, too.
Yes! it was a great experience and continues to be! The pictures I mentioned before were for the follow up nano-canning book for specialty jams. It’s taken a long time for me to get the recipes good, safe, and correct for very very small batch canning. If you need help just let me know! I will be happy to do it!
I love it! Reuse,resource and recycle are all great ideas, but managing to do this and have the end product actually better than the parts is brilliant!
Thanks so much. I love the idea of making something old new again!
Very frugal! Nice idea. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
You are so welcome and thanks for visiting mine!
Wow again! I’m amazed by your sewing skills.. like, seriously, I need lessons from you!
-Bonnie @ Crafting a Green World
Oh Bonnie, wouldn’t that be fun to live close enough to do things together. I think we like similar things! Thanks for your encouragement!
Fantastic ruffles, I love your tutorial!! I’ll definitely be following along for more from you!
Oh, good! I’m so glad you liked it!
Enjoy your evening!!!
Thanks for the easy how to. I shared with my fans on Facebook!
Oh my gosh, Heather, that means so much coming from someone as experienced as yourself. I stopped by your blog and you do amazing things!!!! Thanks for sharing it on Facebook, too!
LOOOOOOOOOVE this!!! Great idea!
Thank you soooooooooo much! 🙂 Not as cute as your new little Lily though! Congratulations!
This is AWESOME! I love to sew — I make my own tennis dresses!! But this is the coolest! What a beautiful, easy-to-follow format! You go, girl!! And thank you for liking attentiontoeating! Maybe I can save you time and effort on food prep and ideas and you can do the same for me via sewing! Thanks 🙂
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Lovely! And thanks for visiting my blog!
Very, very pretty and an idea I must try.
Thank you for passing by my blog 🙂
I made this shirt yesterday! So easy! I bought 2 t-shirts at a garage sale for $1.00 and made this beautiful shirt. Thanks so much for the clear instructions. I’m going to make it in different colors. Thank you!
Oh I’m so glad it worked for you. Be careful, this can become addicting! 🙂
Enjoy your Sunday!
Love this top, and I just saw it featured on Totally Tutorials! Congrats!
Thanks Staci! Totally Tutorials rocks in my book! I’ve met so many new people through their great site. Thanks for visiting!
Cool idea. Wish I wasn’t so terrified of sewing machines! Thanks for the like.
Wow! That is so good!!! I wish I had the creativity for this but I just can’t ‘see’ it. Spinning, knitting and wool craft? That I can see. But I hate waste and would dearly love to be able to do this!!! Nice job!!!
I really like what you do with wool. Something I’ve never done!
I can’t believe that’s the same top! Gorgeous! Thanks for liking my post. Boo. x
I’m so glad you liked the top. It was so fun to make!
Love how the ruffles are substantial. Thanks for posting! I see you’ve also liked a recent post of mine at SoundStitches blog, so it led me to this post. Thanks for that!
You are so welcome!!! I love supporting my fellow bloggers!
Do you sew ruffles on top of each other or below first ruffle? Great idea!
Sew it right below the first ruffle. I hope you try it. It’s quite fun and easy to do! Thanks for the visit!
Love it. I want to try this! but I will be away from my machine for two months. So I am going to bookmark this!
Oh I hope you get to try it Susan! It’s a fun and easy refashion. Please post pictures, I’d love to see how it turns out for you! Enjoy your evening!
nice!!! I love the new neckline.
Thanks so much!!!
Love it! Thank you so much!
You are so welcome, Lesa!
Very nice. I wouldn’t have thought it possible.
That is so cute! I will definitely have to go & dig through the hubbies old tees & see what I can come up with. Excellent score on the adorable shoes as well!
I’d love to see your finished shirt if you end up making one!
Enjoy your day!
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Wow, this just re-affirms my lust for a sewing machine. Great post!
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How cute! And its just a simple tshirt! Thanks for explaining the ruffle- easier than some directions I’ve read!
Thank you! I hope you’ll be able to try this sometime! Super easy sewing project. Have fun!
This is great – those round-necked baggy t-shirts don’t flatter me either, but these ruffles make such a pretty neckline. I’ll definitely be trying this.
I’m so glad you’re going to try it. Be sure to email me some pictures so I can post them on the “Your Projects” page.
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Great info. Lucky me I found your website by chance (stumbleupon).
I have saved as a favorite for later!
Welcome to The Renegade Seamstress! I hope you’ll find what you need here. I’d love to hear from you again.
Have a restful Sunday!
I have several maternity shirts that can will be able to refashion in a few short months. I will definitely be using this tutorial.
Oh, yes, this would be a great way to reuse those maternity shirts!
Hi! I love this and tried the ruffling technique but it didn’t work on my Bernina…longest stitch length and highest tension? What did I miss? Thanks!
Were you using a t shirt knit material? I don’t think this technique would work on a cotton weave.
Hope this helps!
Just found this, and I so want to try it. You said, “set your machine to highest tension and longest stitch length for automatic ruffler” …. does that mean you have to have a ruffler attachment? I’ve never done that before (have to look and see if I have a foot or attachment for that).
No special foot is necessary. Just use your regular foot. This works really well on t shirt material! Have fun with this and I’d love to see your finished shirt!
I love this shirt. It’s really cute and can be worn dressy or casual. Thanks for sharing!
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Hi There, My name is Trenie, a senior that recently moved to Mexico and ran across your wesite (or blog, sinces I am not familar with all the terms) and enjoyed the newly designed T-shirt. When i moved here I came with only 2 suitcases in hand, knowing that I had always wanted to live here. With that said, I liked the T-shirt very much and even tho I am not a “seamstress” I am fairly certain that I could make one. My sewing machine (one of the first portable Singer machines ever made, early to mid 1930’s) was left in storage in Ca. but would like to get it soon on one of my return trips to the US. It may take a few months but would like to follow you so when I do get the machine I will have a few of your choices to make one of your items. Also, of course love the shoes but at this stage of the game better stick to “flip-flops” due to the cobblestone streets and my “experienced” age lol..
Lookng forward to seeing new items that you have “designed”, Trenie
Wow, Trenie, sounds like you are on quite the adventure! Most all of my tutorials are made for beginner or intermediate sewists and I’m positive you could make this t shirt. Enjoy your travels!
I love this shirt and the other things… Thanks for sharing. Congratulations!
Thank you Arzu!
Love, love, love the ruffles!
Thank you Nanky!