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How to Turn an Old T-Shirt into a Sexy Top

If you can sew a hem, you can transform one of your old tees into a cute strapless blouse.


  • Step 1: Choose a T-shirt Select a T-shirt, bearing in mind that if you use a shirt with writing or a design, it will end up upside-down on your new blouse.
  • Step 2: Prepare the elastic Measure the circumference of the area just above your breasts, and cut a piece of elastic in that length.
  • Step 3: Cut an opening Turn the tee inside out, and snip a small vertical opening on the bottom hem.
  • Step 4: Insert the elastic Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic, insert the pin through the opening you’ve just made, and push the pin through the inside of the hem until it reaches the other side.
  • Step 5: Attach the ends Bunch the material over the elastic a bit, sew the two ends of the elastic together, and turn the shirt right side out.
  • Step 6: Cut the top Use straight pins to pin together the front and back of the shirt in a straight line from shoulder to shoulder, and cut off the material along that line; then hem the top of the shirt by hand or machine.
  • Step 7: Sew the sleeves shut Turn the shirt inside out again; fold the sleeves over the front of the shirt; sew the sleeves closed along the seam of the hem; then turn the shirt right side out.
  • Step 8: Slit a sleeve Cut a small, vertical slit into the hem at each end of one of the sleeves.
  • Step 9: Insert the elastic Cut a piece of elastic that is a bit shorter than the width of the sleeve; snake the elastic through the top side of the sleeve’s hem with a safety pin, scrunching up the fabric a bit; then sew the elastic to the fabric and sew up the slits.
  • Step 10: Sew the sleeves to the shirt Sew the sides of the sleeve to the shirt, making a nifty outside pocket.
  • Step 11: Repeat Repeat with the other sleeve.
  • Step 12: Show off Show off the sassy little sleeveless number you’ve just made!
  • FACT: If the T-shirts owned by every American were laid next to one another, the lineup would circle the globe 34 times.

You Will Need

  • An old T-shirt
  • Measuring tape
  • About five feet of sewing elastic
  • Scissors
  • A safety pin
  • A needle and thread or a sewing machine
  • Straight pins

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