DIY not needing a sewing machine
Quick transformation with rewarding result, perfect for beginners.
Found this tank top on a sales rack. It was two sizes too big for me, therefore the neckline was too low and too wide and the armholes were also too low and too big. But at $9.99 and in a pale nude colour matching one of my pair of shoes (call me miss matchy matchy) it was coming home!
The major fit problem was the neckline and I had an idea on how to fix that …… well ….. my first idea turned out to be a major flop and a huge waste of time > _ < But I was able to salvage this refashion and even add a glamorous touch to this tshirt to infinity scarf DIY.
Tshirt to infinity scarf
Since I was raising the neckline I thought; Bah! why not also adjust the armholes, one might need to take off her sweater when its too hot. I grabbed my seam ripper and carefully removed the jersey bias binding around the neckline and the armholes.
To raise the neckline I made a deep box pleat in the center front of the tshirt (my thinking was that it would be enough to reduce the neckline circumference and that would raise the neckline by an inch or two) and I sewed the bias binding back around the neckline. I then reduced the armhole circumferences by taking in 1 inch (2.5 cm) on the tank top sides and sewed the bias back around each armhole.
The tank top was ready to be tried on …. Shocking! The neckline modification looked horrid. The box pleat was bulging, the now V-neck was still too low …. What to do?
It was a quick decision; I aligned the bottom hems, grabbed a pair of scissors and cut across the tank top just under the armpits. The tank top became an infinity scarf, this will also pair with my shoes!
We were not home and I didn’t have a square-up ruler with me ….
I took an old bath towel with stripes and lay it flat on a table. I aligned the bottom part of the tshirt with one of the towel stripes and I cut the top part of the tank top following another stripe line. The infinity scarf width will be 16 inches (40.64 cm).
The sequin part will become the front of the infinity scarf and the jersey will be the part behind the neck. Therefore the part resting on the back of my neck won’t be scratchy = bonus!
It is not recommended to machine stitch over metal sequins, so I hand stitched a folded hem edge; turning the raw edge under by 1/4 of an inch (.63 cm), then turned a 3/8 of an inch(0.95 cm) hem allowance and edge stitched in place. The stitches will barely be visible from both sides.
At this point the scarf is complete and ready to be worn but, if you have read some of my previous posts you know my need to push and add a little extra. The next steps are optional.
I found these lovely baby headbands on the liquidation corner of a pharmacy a couple of years ago. They were 80% off. I didn’t hesitate. I knew that someday I would find a use for these lovely embroidered appliqués with flowers. And some two years later they became useful!
The embroidered appliqué was glued to the elastic band. I placed the headbands in the freezer for about one hour to harden the glue. The patch easily detached from the elastic and I removed the glue from the appliqué by peeling the glue from the embroidered patch. The appliqués looked as good as new.
I wanted to position the flowers over the junctions of the front and back lateral seams. After trials I decided that placing the flowers 4 1/2 inches (11.43 cm) from the original hem would be the best position.
I hand stitched the embroidered appliqué in place; first by sewing small stitches in the middle of the soutache braids through both the soutache and the fabric. I then sewed other stitches through the appliqué and through the flower (see the green arrows in the above image) to ensure that the appliqué would remain flat when the scarf would be worn.
Is that a perfect colour match or what? Not bad for items that were purchased two years apart! Ha Ha Ha … sorry, I have to gloat ; )
I placed the second appliqué at the same level on the other side of the scarf but decided to turn the flower in the opposite direction to create some visual asymmetry.
The appliqués were a perfect addition and gave a romantic Victorian feel to the scarf. However I did not like the abrupt line, from glitters to plain jersey on the laterals.
The laterals needed a visual progression of sequins to reduce the harsh transition line. To do so I started from the front lateral seam and sparingly sewed some sequins towards the bare jersey part. These extra sequins created a smoother changeover and brought an elegant finishing touch…. refinement is in the little details.
See the before and after pictures below
What do you think of the result?