Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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Stripes turned girly--recycled tee tutorial!

For a long while now I have loved stripes, particularly white/black or white and navy, but I tan and white is super cute too!  And grey and white.  Usually strips are preppy, though, but I've been seeing them in drapey and girly looks at Anthro etc.  So when I got a tee at Goodwill Outlet in tan and white stripe, I looked around for inspiration:
These from Anthropologie:

And these from Ruche:
Funky, huh?
So I took this plain 5-10 year old boat-neck tee from Gap that I got at the Goodwill Outlet and cut it up!
I used a tank that I had as a pattern to cut it out:
I used the sleeves to make bias strips:
I cut about half of the bias strips up pretty small and ruffled them.
I had fun sewing them on haphazardly, I didn't really know when to stop!  I just kept adding swirls, waves, curls, until it looked like this:
I love it!


  1. Adorable and super impressive!

  2. Great refashion! That looks like upscale RTW.

  3. darling!! very sweet and perfect for spring.

  4. What a successful refashion. Looks great!

  5. I love the ruffling you did the best!

  6. I love it too. Love the stripes. I am in the middle of giving a few t-shirts a make over myself.

  7. So adorable!!! Love the ruffles.

  8. Love it...I keep looking at these adorable ruffle tops and thinking I REALLY should try to make one! How did you sew the sleeves of the tank so they wouldn't come unraveled?


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  10. Thanks!!
    Katie, I just turned the edge under twice and sewed it down. It worked fine on this knit since it's a sturdy, heavy one, no stretch or anything, but it would stretch out on a regular tee, probably. I'd recommend using some of the bias strips to create a binding, or try
    the technique I mentioned in my post here:
    Good luck!
    I'd love to see what you come up with!

  11. LOVE it!! One of my favorite recent refashions!

  12. I am so impressed, and will probably spend most of the weekend trying to make myself a new wardrobe. Thanks for the tutorials!

  13. super cute and great way to upcycle. i think i may have to try this!!

  14. Hey there, great top! Could you please put your name in the title of the flickr pic so we can include it in the finalists? Please email me if you get this, thanks!

  15. Anonymous7/10/2010

    So pretty! My first refashion this week did not go as well. But, seeing all the success out there makes me want to try again.

  16. Oh Thank-you for sharing!!!! I loveeeeee what you've done! Every time I refashion something Iam scared to wear it out! lol....but with your idea I just WON'T fail!!



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