I found this top in Target’s clearance section for only $3!
I really liked the fabric. It reminded me of Little Miss Momma’s favorite shirt (which I think is too cute and would probably wear every day if I owned it, and yes, hers is white with gray stripes, but still, it reminded me of it). I just didn’t like the turtle neck. It was a little too confining for me. But at that price, I knew I could turn it into a great top that I’d love.
First I laid it out flat to get an idea of the size of neckline I wanted. I knew I wanted a higher neckline, and not too wide or else I’d be trying to tuck straps in all the time at the shoulders.
Then I folded it in half, making sure I lined all the seams up nicely, and used my rotary cutter to cut the neck off just below the seam.
Then I cut little slits along the entire collar. Like I did when making the bag. This allowed me to fold the fabric over on the curve without it pulling or folding funny.
Then I folded it in, pinning at each tab (or section of fabric between the slits).
I then sewed around the collar, wrong side up, with the folded edge of the collar lined up with the middle of my presser foot, with a 1/8” seam allowance.
I stitched around the whole thing, then did it again, this time with my first line of stitching lined up with the middle.
Then I did it one more time (because it looked like it needed a third), 1/8” away from the previous stitch line.
And it worked!
I love the way it turned out!
Nice and clean and not confining at all!
I think I would like the shirt better with 3/4 length sleeves rather than long sleeves.
But I’ll keep them like this for now, because it’s still cold outside. I’ll probably switch it up in the spring when I want to keep wearing it (because seriously, I can’t believe how soft this fabric is for how cheap the shirt was!).
And that’s my shirt refashion!
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