Thursday, June 21, 2012

Adding sleeves

The other day at Target I saw this tank top. I am a sucker for metallic.

Tober was in need of a Sunday shirt anyway to wear with her skirts so I grabbed it! Usually I wouldn't mind that it is a tank top, but for church I wanted it to feel less casual. So I bought a size 5t with the intent of cutting it down a using the extra fabric to make sleeves.

When I brought it home, I turned it inside out and took a marker and ruler and drew a line about 1/2 inch in. *Later I went back and took it in another half inch under the arms.

Then I drew a line about 11/2- 2 inches on the bottom.
I cut the bottom off at the line and used a wide stitch to take in the sides, going right over the marker.


Next I took the bottom and cut it to separate the front and the back pieces. And then cut those pieces in half to creat 4 pieces.

Then I layered the two strips on to of each other, to create a sleeve and used a straight to sew them together. I sewed right over what use to be the hem stitch.

Flipping the shirt inside out I pinned it so that a finished edge lined up with the finished edge of the sleeve hole.

Then pin the top of the sleeve to the top of the sleeve hole

And the back, making sure the finish edges meet. I didn't take enough pictures of this next step, you want to gather the fabric of the sleeve between the pins so the it ruches some and the edges match up as much as possible.
Stitch together
Cut off excess fabric and ta da! Sleeves!




Tober cakes waving to the camera and posing :)
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6 comments:

hAha said...

Thank u for this! I have the same project! I'm trying to add sleeves to a tank! When I saw the title of this post I thought it was freaky, because it's exactly what I was looking for!

Crys said...

I know I kind of want to go grab so of those cute tanks I have been seeing for myself and do the same! You can ad a little sleeve on the bottom too, called a tulip sleeve. That is what I am gonna do!

huana said...

What a cutie! And sleeves and ruffles turn out great!

Traci said...

so cute! You are so talented!

Carrie said...

that turned out SO cute! Way to go!!

c said...

Thank u for this! I have the same project! I'm trying to add fleshlight sleeves to a tank! When I saw the name of this publish I believed it was creepy, because it's exactly what I was looking for!