DIY Pleated Summer T Shirt Refashion


I found the perfect color blue t shirt to refashion at my thrift store the other day.

Only one problem………

The bright yellow logo on the front.

Not to worry though, I’ll just cover it up!

This is what it looked like at first. I used another similar blue, too small, thrift store t shirt for the pleats to cover up the logo.

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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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41 Responses to DIY Pleated Summer T Shirt Refashion

  1. amysworlds says:

    Interesting! Did you stop at chest level because that’s where you wanted to stop or because you ran out of fabric?
    This’d look interesting done in rainbow colours…but you’d have to cut up a lot of shirts to get the colours πŸ˜₯

    • I was thinking about going all the way down the shirt but when I tried it on, I liked it just across the chest. It would create an entirely different look if it went all the way down. I might try it on a different shirt and see what it looks like.

  2. Cara Olsen says:

    You must the type of women who sees endless potential and possibility in EVERYTHING! I am somewhat similar, but, unlike yourself, don’t have the seamstress skills to pull it off. Does it drive you crazy at times? Knowing that could essentially make anything?!

    Very cute shirt, Beth! The color compliments your hair and skin tone perfectly. Also . . . I LOVE the picture that says “Cut two in strips…” It’s such a simple shot, but there is something editorial about it, too.

    Happy Sunday, lady! πŸ™‚

    • Cara, my sweet friend,
      there is definitely not enough time in each day to do everything I’d like to do. But, I do know that when I’m in the middle of creating something, all seems right with the world.

      I always look forward to reading your comments and I do so appreciate your specific feedback. Thanks for noticing all those little things that go into creating this blog.

      Hope you are feeling better!
      Hugs, Beth

  3. Betty says:

    Neat t-shirt. It looks like it was designed expressly for you. Oh wow, it was. The color is very becoming.

    • Thanks, Betty! You crack me up!
      I love this color blue and it’s not so easy to find, so when it showed up in my thrift store, I had to have it in spite of the logo and the size.
      Have a good day!

  4. Wonderful – love the blog. Came on over after you visited mine and itΒ΄s fabulous!

  5. Molly says:

    Perfect color for spring!

  6. Another creative idea-thanks! If only I had the time to make all your great ideas πŸ™‚

  7. CherryPix says:

    That’s really clever! And you look fabulous in it! Perfect colour on you!

    An aside: have you ever seen The Crafty Minx website, by Australian refashioner, Kelly Doust? Some her things remind me of your wonderful creations. I was given her book, “Minxy Vintage”, as a bday present last year. My sewing skills aren’t quite up to refashioning but I love the ideas.

  8. So cute! Have you taken the Project Upcycle class on Craftsy? It really looks tempting!

    • I haven’t taken that class. I’m waiting until summer vacation. I now only have time enough to teach full time and blog a little about my projects. I have looked into those classes and they look mighty tempting!

  9. Oh wow, just found your blog today and I’m loving your refashions. You should join the T-shirt Project!

  10. K-Sue says:

    Clever! I was looking for a re-fitting tutorial, but the pleats are a great bonus. And if one already has a bag of cut-up Ts leftover from a girls’ T-shirt craft party, the multicolor strips Amy recommended are a very real possibility…

  11. sjmcclelland says:

    Thank you for “liking” one of my posts. I clicked on your link to check out your blog and discovered your t-shirt refashion posts. Inspiration to do something with the pile of t-shirts I have been collecting in a corner of my closet! I am now a follower.

  12. Ceramic Art and Design says:

    Really clever!

  13. Beth M says:

    Wow, I’m seriously impressed with this shirt. It made me almost want to run out and buy a sewing machine!

  14. Laurel says:

    Hello-wow this is SO impressive! You did a fantastic job with refashioning this shirt. I love that you took it in so that it has a slimer fit. The fabric you added looks like a shirt I have with fabric sewn to the front looking kind of like a ribbon or silky fabric (from Nordstrom). Great job!!!

  15. A ribbon would be a fun thing to add too. I just added strips I cut from another t shirt. That’s neat that Nordstroms sells something similar.
    BTW I really like all the scrapbook and paper ideas you have on your blog. I used to do quite a bit of that before I started sewing again. Only so many hours in the day, otherwise I’d still do it ALL!
    Enjoy your Monday!

    • Laurel says:

      Thanks Beth, I am so glad you like the posts on my blog! I am having fun as I start to figure out how to blog & share projects. That’s right, there’s limited time in the day and you have to pick & choose how you are going to spend your free time! I can see that the type of projects you are doing now are time consuming.

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  18. lessandragr says:

    You are an inspiration!!

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  22. This is fabulous! I’d been thinking of making a bridesmaids dress with a simple tube top bodice but wanted some detail to make the bodice look a bit more special! I think Ive found it! Could maybe even make the skirt in panels alternating the ruffles with a plain panel, or just a ruffled bustle panel? Ooh! Got me thinking now!
    Thank you!
    Tracey x

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