DIY Contrast-Sleeve Tee

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In DIY Wardrobe Makeovers (C&T Publishing Inc, 2015) Suzannah Hamlin Stanley takes you through step-by-step instructions to design beautiful, stylish, and exciting clothing.  Learn how to redesign and remake old pieces to new favorites such as this contrast-sleeve tee shown below.


I like the trend of contrasting sleeves, but I’d much rather remake tees I already have than buy new ones. This project is an easy way to transform a basic, boring, short-sleeved crewneck tee into something way more fun. Try this with two loose tees, two light-weight tees, or two stretch tees for different looks and silhouettes. What a clever way to salvage a tee with a great texture or color when part of it gets stained or damaged!



shirt 2

You Will Need:

• Two tees, same size and fit
• Standard sewing supplies
• Walking foot (recommended)

shirt 3 

Get It Done

1. On both tees, carefully cut away the sleeves, leaving the serged seam allowances on the body side of the tee.


4 removing sleeve

 cropping sleeves

2. Matching the shoulder seams and underside seams of the sleeve and armhole, pin together the right sides, turning the tee inside out and keeping the sleeve right side out.

lining up to join 

3. At the machine, use a walking foot to prevent excess stretching, and stitch just inside the original serged seam on the main tee. (This is probably between 1/4 inches and 3/8 inches)

time to sew 

4. Press the seam allowances towards the sleeves.

iron for a smooth finished product

Reprinted with permission from DIY Wardrobe Makeovers by Suzannah Hamlin Stanley and published by C&T Publishing Inc, 2015.

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