T-SHIRT REFASHION: THE SIDE BRAID

I know I’m not the only person who has oversize T-shirts folded in a drawer or kept in the closet. I love this dark grey Angry Birds T-shirt because it’s pretty lightweight and can be worn with any of my shorts. However, the tee is a size or two too big — comfortable — but too big.

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I haven’t found a fantastic (read: super easy) tutorial refashioning an oversize tee into a kind of sort of form fitting tee. Well, I should clarify the last sentence because I have read a few tutorials but haven’t had a chance to test them. I’m still without a sewing machine. A little sad, but I’ve managing quite well.

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Anyway, this refashion was easy and quick — my two favorite adjectives! Because I wear the T-shirt for comfort first and appearance second, the alterations aren’t super pretty. I cut off the hem of the sleeves to my desired length and simply snipped off the bottom hem to match the cut look of the sleeves.

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Instead of fumbling my way through a tutorial on how to braid the side of a T-shirt, please click here for the wonderful tutorial. Even though the process is simple, I’m still in the learning and experimenting stage — not quite qualified to provide clear and concise instructions.

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I didn’t even need my handy dandy needle and thread to reinforce the two ends. I simply knotted the two ends on each side. The new braids pulled in some of the excess fabric and shortened the long length of the T-shirt. The braids give the shirt a “cinched” look, and I love the process was simple and quick.

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