How To Deconstruct a T-shirt For Maximum Refashioning
This is the best way to deconstruct a T-shirt & get the largest cuts possible for refashioning. Chopping up a t-shirt isn’t neuro-science; and this process may be instinctive for many long time sewists. If you’re a newbie to sewing or textile crafts; or if you’ve ever been an inch shy of the perfect refashion or craft project: this post is for you.
How To Deconstruct a T-shirt for Refashioning
Don’t lose a single bit of fabric when cutting. The less you waste, the more refashion options you have. The basic rule is to follow the seams, and cut as close to them as possible.
Some t-shirts have a side seam, others don’t. If your tee has no side seam, begin by cutting into the sleeve seam in the armpit area instead.
Try to keep your neck ribbing or band in one piece. This stuff is gold. There’s nothing more satisfying than reaching into the scrap bin to find a perfectly matching piece of ribbing for a neckline. Ribs are super stretchy, so they usually fit even if the new neckline is a little bigger.
That’s it! Generally, when you refashion an existing garment you tend to piece it or use it for something smaller. But now you know hot to deconstruct a t-shirt for maximum capacity. Take your time, and you’ll have more options for your upcycle project.
This oversized, boxy tee became a fitted raglan. I wore it on a date to a Thunder basketball game with hubs. (I was so sure that my diy Thunder gear would get us on the Kiss-Cam, but no such luck.) I needed every inch, and it’s still tighter than I like across the chest. I don’t mind fitted, but there’s not much stretch. I felt like my boobs were gonna break the shirt. I guess I’m officially a fabric snob. Or maybe sewing for myself has made me hyper aware of fit. Even with all my careful t-shirt dissecting, I couldn’t quite eek it out.
On another note: In my last post I told you I’ve been having trouble getting indoor pics this winter. How sad is it that I photoshopped my floors out of these images? It was either that…or mop.