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Adding Sleeves #1


Sometimes I have fashion problems. This is because it is hard to find cute things that are modest. And when I say modest, I mean it needs to be long enough that it doesn’t show my belly or it hits my knee, it needs to have sleeves, and it needs to cover most of my chest. These requirements can be hard at times, but I always try my best. However, I have taken to altering my clothes in order to make them modest. This mostly happens by adding sleeves. Adding sleeves is a lot harder then it seems, but it is worth it because I am able to get my clothes to be cute and modest this way. Therefore, I will be writing about how to add sleeves to different types of clothes as I discover it.

My first type of sleeves are the most simple. I found a red lace dress that had a high neck line at goodwill, but it didn’t have sleeves and it was too short. However, it was really cute so I decided to transform it into a shirt. This is fairly simple.

First, I grabbed an old sleeve pattern from past projects. I didn’t have to be the same size as the dress because I had to take in the sides of the dress to fit me better. So I used that pattern to figure out how much fabric I could take off the bottom. Once I did, I cut it off and set it aside.

Next, I put the dress on inside out and figure out how much to take in.

Then, I sewed my new side seems and cut off the extra material. (If you have a serger, use it on the side seams. If you don’t, finish the edges in someway. I did a zigzag stitch)


Then, I place the sleeve pattern on the material I had cut off the bottom. My sleeve pattern curves, but I wanted to use the finish hem that was already there. Therefore, I place the edges of the pattern on the finished edge. This altered the look of the pattern, but it’s fine. Then I cut out the pattern. My material had two fabrics, the lace and the knitted, so I then had to sew them together before sewing in the sleeve. (But not along the hem)

Next, I sewed the side seams of the sleeve at 5/8 in. And then, I placed the sleeve right sides together into the arm hole. Most of the time, you have to do ease stitching and ease it into the arm hole, but not this time. Then I sew the sleeve on from inside the arm hole at 5/8 in. Then I finished the edges and checked the fit of the sleeve.

Finally, I had to re-hem the bottom of the shirt. Once that was done, I was ready to go.

Now I have a beautiful shirt that fits me perfectly and doesn’t look like the sleeves were originally there. (Only have a pic of the finished project. Sorry)


You can do this without cutting the fabric of the dress, you would need to find a fabric that matches the fabric of your dress very closely. This can be hard and it won’t be exact. However, it may be worth it. I hoped this helped others. Does anyone have suggestions for other types of sleeves, like for halter tops or sleeveless. Please tell me! My next sewing project is probably going to be my t-shirt quilt, so stay tune!!

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T-Shirt Quilt Part 1

Hey I know that I promised another book review, but I started working on a t-shirt quilt this weekend, so I thought that it would be good to write about my progress.

Everyone owns t-shirts. It is inevitable. We get these t-shirts from school activities, from clubs, from church activities, or from places we have visited. The point is that the number of t-shirts you have accumulate over the years, and there comes a time when you stop wearing certain t-shirts. However, do you just give away those t-shirts? For me, I just can’t do that. Those t-shirts hold too many memories for me, so it’s hard to let go. That’s why I have decided to make a t-shirt quilt. It is the perfect way for me to keep my t-shirts, but they still have a purpose for them. It is something I can always use, whether it be for warmth or for telling stories to my future children.

If you decided to make a t-shirt quilt, I hope this helps you understand how to do it. I am a beginner, so hopefully I will be helpful. Wish me luck!

1. Gathering the T-shirts

The first step is to find all of the t-shirts that you want to use for your quilt. This may be obvious, but you want to make sure that you do each step for every t-shirt at the same time. It will make your life easier. Once you have gathered the t-shirts, make sure that they are all clean. You want at least 30 t-shirts. I have probably around 50 t-shirts, so my quilt will be very big.


2. Cutting

This step will take a while, so make sure you have enough time to do it all.

For this step, you want to separate the front and back of the shirts. The easiest way to do this is to first cut off the sleeves. Next, you will cut the shoulders seams and underarms seams. Then you will cut down the sides. Make sure to not cut the design and leave plenty of room for seam allowance around the shirt design. If there is no design on the back of the shirt, just throw it away. Do this with every t-shirt.

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Next, you will want to square out the t-shirts. To do this, you will need a cutting mat, a wide ruler, and a rotary cutter. Place the t-shirt on the mat and put the ruler on top of the shirt towards the top, bottom, or sides. You are basically creating a rectangle. Make sure that the ruler is straight and cut. (When you cut the bottom, leave lots of room in case you need it.)

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To make sure that your cut is true, fold the shirt in half and see if the edges match. If they do not, cut the t-shirts again while it is folded in half. Remember to leave space for seam allowance.


Well that’s all for now. I will continue to work on my quilt and keep you guys updated. If anyone has any suggestions or tips for me. Comment please. Thanks and see ya next time!