I was feeling a bit crafty so I turned to my DIY board for inspiration. There I saw a pin leading to a tutorial for turning a t-shirt into a cardigan. I rummaged through my wardrobe, found a suitable shirt and got to work!
I was feeling so, uh, inspired that I didn’t bother to iron it before (even though number one tip is to always iron your material!).
I decided to go for simple for the first time, hence why I didn’t add the ruffles like in the tutorial. Here’s how I did it.
1. Measure out where you want to cut (I went for the middle) and mark using tailor’s chalk.
2. Cut up the middle, I used a pinking shears so my fabric wouldn’t ravel, but you could just use a scissors if that’s what you have.
3. Fold the edge material so the raw edge is touching the inside of the fabric, about 1/4 inch. Then fold in again another 1/4 inch or so, so that you can no longer see the raw edge, it’s now hidden by the second fold. Pin into place.
4. Sew a straight line down the middle of the fold, when you turn it around and look at it the ‘right’ away, it’ll look like this
The further from the edge you sew, the larger the effect from the seam will look. If you prefer you can sew closer to the edge and it will look like this
Sewing closer to the edge will cause it to ‘ripple’ slightly, which is good if you like this effect. If not, sew further in. (Since I’m a sewing novice, that happened to me by accident!).
I liked how it turned out, however my t-shirt is stretch, which I didn’t like wearing after. Next time I try this, I probably will add the ruffles and use a material that doesn’t stretch.