Saturday, October 15, 2011

Extra Large T-Shirt Upcycle Via Shirring

This is a discarded shirt of my husbands.  I loved the color, so I tried to see how I could change it to work for me. For a discussion of shirring, click here.

I started shirring in rows across the front by one shoulder, and discovered after several rows that I was going crooked.  I thought it looked interesting, so I went with it, and repeated it on the other side.  I don't really like the way they met up in the middle.  

I cut two inches off the sleeves and sewed with elastic thread one inch from the edge. 

There was a logo on the left side that I covered with a flower.  I took a strip of fabric from what I cut off of the sleeves and wrapped it around to cover the logo.  Then I hand sewed it in place at certain points so that it would pucker.

In the back I sewed shirring lines straight across until it was even with the front.  If I were to do it again I would make the lines first in chalk and then sew them.  If you look closely, you can see how crooked the lines are.
I really like the length.  I intended this shirt to hide my postpartum tubbiness, and I think it does a good job of that.


  1. Very cute! I need one of those to cover my belly...most of my "maternity" shirts don't do that anymore. :(

  2. Very cute! I've been wanting to try shirring but have been too scared to use elastic thread. I need to get over it! Great job!

  3. Nice work! The shirt turned out so nicely. Thank you for sharing!