A few days ago I went to straighten up downstairs for house guests and I found this shirt in the closet. I forgot that my mom had left it for me after her last visit. She wasn’t happy with how the v-neck looked. When I tried it on, I thought the same thing. It didn’t look bad; it just didn’t look great. It was a nice size on me, though. I liked the colors and it’s really soft.

t-shirt to cardigan

I decided to turn it into a cardigan. I’m always chilly in the summer when I’m inside in the air conditioning. I think this will be perfect to throw over a tank top or short sleeve shirt.

t-shirt to cardigan

How I Did It
• Made the bias tape out of some black cotton from my stash.
• Removed the buttons.
• Cut a straight line from the v-neck to the bottom.
• Sandwiched the raw edge in the bias tape and pinned.
• Sewed all the way around 1/8 inch from the inside edge of the tape.
• Sewed all the way around 1/8 inch from the outside edge of the tape.

I really like how it turned out. I did an ok job sandwiching the edges in the bias tape. I may fiddle with how I do that in the future. Overall, I think my first wardrobe refashion was a success!

refashion: If you have a shirt that you really like, but it doesn’t fit well, turn it into a cardigan. Cotton for bias tape from my stash, shirt from my mom.

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6 Responses to wardrobe refashion: t-shirt to cardigan

  1. Sarah M says:

    Julie, I love it! You do such excellent work!
    Sarah

  2. Shika says:

    This is an awesome idea! Great job!

  3. Lex says:

    Your amazing huns!!

  4. Great job. Because it’s a knitted fabric, you can cut it up the front the way you did and it won’t ravel.
    If you do another one you could run two line of stitching up the front and cut between them. Just like steeking a sweater to make a cardigan.

  5. Nancy says:

    I think you are a genius AND an angel for sharing – this is great!!!

  6. Aimee says:

    Great idea! Thank you for sharing!