Summer Threads

Hi guys! While I’m away getting in trouble in Montana, I asked my friend Jessica from Wayside Violet to share a tutorial for my Summer Threads series. I love her idea and will be on the look for a comfy tee while thrifting here. Thank you so much, Jessica!

summer threads.

Hi! I’m Jessica from Wayside Violet and I have a super-easy-no-sew tee shirt mod to share with you today! When Kara first asked me guest blog I was excited. I had no idea what I would be putting together for her Summer Threads series but I didn’t worry about it. I’m pretty easy going, but I did get a mite nervous when I remembered that my deadline was coming up, fast!

I started thinking about what may favorite outfit has been this summer: a pair of cuffed skinny jeans, braided leather sandals and a tee shirt that I stole from husband. This soft, gray shirt is awesome! it’s just roomy enough for that boyfriend-style look but it doesn’t make my short-arse self look like I’m drowning in cotton either. So basically it’s perfect.

I set off for the thrift store to look for another shirt from the boys’ section and hoping I’d maybe find a little inspiration too. Here’s what I came up with!

You’ll need: a tee shirt, straight pin, writing utensil, scissors, tape measure and/or straight edge.

Lay out your shirt and measure an inch below the shoulder seam:

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Place straight pin horizontally:

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Line up your straight edge with the shoulder seam and draw a line from your straight pin to the end of the sleeve.

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Starting at the bottom, cut along the line until you reach the straight pin. (Don’t go past the straight pin!)

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Remove the pin and tie a small but tight bow:

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If you want to, you could serge the ends rough edges of the sleeve before tying them. Otherwise, get outside and enjoy your new summer look!

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Thanks for having me Kara!

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  • Stephanee June 20, 2013, 11:46 am

    Just did this with my work Tshirts! We always get men’s t’s and I feel so un-feminine. This looks cute and it’s not even on my body yet…can’t wait to wear it! TY for a great tip.

    • Kara June 24, 2013, 12:57 pm

      Glad you love it Stephanee!

  • Abby Wabby June 9, 2012, 6:33 pm

    Wow! So cute! I just did this on a whim, and I’ve already gotten compliments! People want to know where I “bought” my cute shirt! Now I can wear my T-shirts. You should also try doing this on the bottom of an old T-shirt – same cuteness factor!

    • karahaupt June 14, 2012, 1:38 am

      That’s awesome! Send me a link if you posted it anywhere!! :)

  • Abby Wabby June 9, 2012, 6:32 pm

    Wow! I just did this on a whim, and I’ve been getting comments already! People want to know where I “bought” my cool shirt! I give credit, of course. Thanks! Also try doing this on the bottoms of your shirts – makes it cute too!

  • Sue S. October 1, 2011, 9:24 pm

    love it and super easy! thanks for sharing!

  • Sofi August 4, 2011, 6:46 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this cute feminine idea!! That’s just awesome!

  • steffy August 3, 2011, 7:40 pm

    what a cute touch!

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  • alex August 3, 2011, 3:32 pm

    Great idea! Such a good look for the summer:)

  • Ruby Claire August 3, 2011, 2:45 pm

    This is super cute! Totally going to do this this afternoon. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Ashlee August 3, 2011, 1:26 pm

    I love how simple this idea is! It adds such a feminine edge to the boyfried tee! I think this little tutorial will definitely come in handy come college! Thanks for sharing <3

  • Liz August 3, 2011, 12:31 pm

    How simple & adorable!

  • kristen quixotic August 3, 2011, 10:30 am

    such a cute idea!


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