An Easy T-Shirt Refashion

Learn how to refashion an old thrift store t shirt into a fresh new shirt with cut out sleeves

Inspiration can be found in the strangest places. Who would’ve thought that a TV series about a funeral home would inspire this next refashion.

I’ve been unexpectedly enjoying the HBO series Six Feet Under. Claire showed up in episode five wearing the perfect shade of eggplant to go with her beautiful complexion and red hair. Not only was it just the right color for her but it had these fun cut outs on the sleeve.

I needed to give it a try.

This was supposed to be my experiment shirt. Just to see if it would work.

The Renegade Seamstress shows you how to make an old t shirt new again with this easy sleeve refashion tutorial.

The Renegade Seamstress shows you how to make an old t shirt new again with this easy sleeve refashion tutorial.

The Renegade Seamstress shows you how to make an old t shirt new again with this easy sleeve refashion tutorial.

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The Renegade Seamstress shows you how to make an old t shirt new again with this easy sleeve refashion tutorial.

The Renegade Seamstress shows you how to make an old t shirt new again with this easy sleeve refashion tutorial.

Well, I think it worked and I can see so many possibilities for this kind of sleeve. I can’t wait to try this again for an entirely different look.

I’m going to draw the winner of this giveaway tomorrow.

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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 An Easy T-Shirt Refashion

  1. Lili & Mum's says:

    That’s really cute!

  2. Alright Beth, with the peek-a-boo sleeve! Don’t hurt’em. Lol!

  3. Anonymous says:

    SO cute! nice work 🙂 …don’t you love it when a prototype turns out good?!

  4. Another wonderful refashion. So simple with great impact. My daughter is wearing a cute shirt with a cut down the middle of the back and 8 black bows attached like you did with buttons. Each bow tie is sewn just at the ends to allow. For a one inch gap between the material for skin to show. She just bought this at Kohls.

  5. bigsmileu1 says:

    What a wonderful idea for a sexy shirt. It looks like it is easy enough that even i can do it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. super cute! I’m continually amazed at your gift for seeing the possibility in a garment.

  7. lynnmarieh says:

    Oh my, this is so cute and easy. Hmm, I just may dig through my HUGE stash of beads to create something fun using this idea.

  8. Jo H. says:

    What a good idea! I wish I could come up with original ideas but to copy them is the next best thing, and much cheaper 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    So clever! What did you do with the neckline?

  10. danidubois says:

    Wow, what a great idea! Thanks for the tip!

  11. You rock that shirt by the way! I am going to share this with my daughter she loves to sew and refashion too 🙂

  12. Jennifer says:

    How easy peasy lemon squeezy! I’m in the process of refashioning a sweatshirt, and I was having “designer’s block” on what I wanted to do with the sleeves. I didn’t want to make it a short sleeve, and I’m getting bored with always doing the 3/4 sleeve. This post help break that block – I’m going to implement this idea in the sleeves.

    I know, I know – spring is coming. 😀 I ice-skate year round, and I need to keep a couple of sweatshirts handy to wear in the rink during practice.

    • Hey Jennifer! You made me smile when I read the first line of your comment. 🙂 I’m so glad you found this helpful! These sleeves would be so cute on a sweatshirt. I might have to do that myself. How fun you get to skate year round. I grew up in Minnesota where every neighborhood had a skating rink. I miss it now that I live in Oregon.
      Happy Friday!

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  15. I adore the simplicity of this and just look at how effective it looks, fabulous thanks for sharing

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  17. This is a perfect tutorial. I have a long sleeved green shirt that same shade that I’ve been saving, just waiting for the right refashion tutorial to come along. This is it. Thanks so much!!!

  18. Maria says:

    This is such a good find and it gave me the perfect solution for a shirt I have received and like very much, but the sleeves are a bit too tight. I’m not very skilled at refashioning clothes, but you present it easy enough even for me. Thank you very much. Maria

  19. Dee says:

    This actually gives me an idea for my blouse with two large openings on the sleeves…I want to close it and just might try this…so your idea can work both ways… 😉

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