Frumpy shirt makeover--super easy tutorial!
I bought this cute print top at Old Navy last week--darling yellow and grey print, but awful shaping. Look at the dumpy sleeves and baggy shape. It was on clearance and all the clearance stuff was 50% off, so it was like $6.
- I'm going to get rid of the sleeves on this top and finish the edges. Leaving enough fabric to be turned over with a clean edge (I did about 3/4 of an inch), just cut the sleeve off to the yoke.
- Trim the 3/4" back toward the sleeve/bodice seam, at the yoke.
- Cut exactly at the seam of the yoke. Yes, there will be a raw edge, but it will be exactly on the seam that used to attach the sleeve to the yoke (and it will be covered by the 1/4" bias binding on the yoke).
- Press the seam allowance flat at the same edge as the armpit. (This top had partial sleeves, so the underarm of the armhole was already finished. I'm not going to change it).
- Turn under 1/4", to match the binding on the armpit of the sleeve.
- Sew with a scant 1/4" seam allowance, attaching the folded part.
- ***If you don't have a sewing machine, no problem!! You can do this by hand with a hidden whip stitch.
Of course, this is specific to this type of raglan sleeve, yoked top, but the lessons to learn from these techniques can be applied to almost any storebought, finished item--sometimes it's okay to leave a (hidden) raw edge, and try to leave existing style elements (like the underarm seam) and work around them.
Anyway, here it is. I thought about adding elastic to the waist to cinch it in more, but I really think that the 60's retro yoke style is meant to be straight up and down (not loose, with dumpy frumpy sleeves, though). I may still take in the side seams just at the waist. Ta-da!