Long Sleeve Shirt Refashion and Headband Tutorial

While I was browsing at Anthropologie’s website, I came upon this shirt.

“How cute!” I thought. Then in an instant, my mind starting going over how to do this myself with a long sleeve shirt. It didn’t take me long at all. I used a jersey type of shirt, but you could use a cotton, etc. shirt. There might have to be a few adjustments though (such as finishing the top seam all the way around). I also added at the bottom how I made the headband from the extra material.

What you need:
-A long sleeve shirt
and the obvious: sewing machine, etc.

1. Start by cutting the sleeves off.


2. Cut straight across from bottom of one arm hole to the other.


3. Cut sleeves open at the seam


4. Measure length for straps (from top of chest to about the same height down on your back). Cut the sleeves to that length plus a little extra for seam allowance. (mine was 16 inches roughly)


5. a. Pin sleeves to the front, with the edges meeting right at the middle of the shirt. I pinned the cuff part of the sleeves here, but you can put whichever end you would like here. I had seams on the one side from the cuff being sewn on, so I made sure that side would be facing me when worn.


b. Sew the sleeves on. Finish the seams.


6. Take the other end of sleeves and pin to the back(right sides facing). I gathered them a little, but again, you can do it however you want. Sew them on the back. Finish the seams. (If you made this with a nonjersey shirt, then you might also want to shirr the top, not the sleeve add ons but below it, or sew elastic on the inside to make it snug).


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Front and Back

7. Try it on and either mark where you would like to sew it, or you could do what I did and just tie an extra piece of material around it to hold the front together.

Trying it on

Tying it together

-I cut as long as possible strips from the scrap material. Then I pulled on them to stretch them out. Next, I laid them sort of side by side
Headband 1
and sewed them together on one end, then the other.
Headband 2
Then I trimmed the ends and put both sides together. I zig zag stitched them together.
Finished headband
Just make sure they are long enough to fit around your head. If not, you could make a bracelet or rosette pins or whatever with the leftovers.

My little one had to get in on the action
Happy Sewing Everyone!
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  1. says

    Gosh girl, you’re going to out-re-fashion us all!

    You remind me of my daughter, just jump right on in.

    That is gorgeous! And I love the headband!

  2. says

    Well done! I love it. It looks adorable on you. I’ll have to pass this on to my best friend because she just bought that top from Anthro. :)

  3. says

    I have old long sleeves t-shirts that I didn’t want to throw but didn’t wore (wear ? hum, sorry, my english lessons are old…) any more. Your tutorial is just perfect for them, I’ll try to make one, thank you very much !

  4. says

    Hi, I think this project came out amazingly! I was wondering, would you mind if I reposted one of your photos on my blog? I will link back to this post of course.

  5. says

    “I was wondering, would you mind if I reposted one of your photos on my blog? I will link back to this post of course.”

    Not a problem at all. Thanks for asking :)

  6. says

    I LOVE this idea! You are so creative! I can’t wait to try this. I also love the toddler dress with roses from a t-shirt. Thanks for posting this tutorial!

  7. says

    Just found this (thanks croqzine) while researching an article for BlogHer on tshirt refashioning. This is FABULOUS. And I’m going to work on one myself this weekend.

  8. says

    Hi Jessica, thanx for this awesome tutorial! I am going to look what shirt I am going to use… because.. I LOVE THIS!

    great blog you have by the way!

    greetings from the netherlands by Miranda

  9. says

    You are so talented! I am always worried I will mess things up, and then I will have to throw it all away, so I don’t even try things. But I think I am going to have to try this shirt! And one of those dresses you made for your daughter! So cute!

  10. says

    just discovered this blog via sewmamasew (your rag quilt letters tute) and had to comment on how clever your re-design for this top is. The headband is way adorable as well — must try

  11. says

    I made this top last week from a yard sale find at my friend’s yard sale. My top is white and I planned to wear it for the first time today while walking alongside my daughter’s baton group in a parade. I threw the shirt on in a hurry this afternoon and actually put it on backwards! lol Guess what?! The shirt can be worn either way! It’s like two shirts in one :)

    Thanks for sharing a simple and great tutorial. I love your ideas :)


  12. says

    esta hermosa no me gustan muchas creaciones que veo pero esta me encanto no veo la hora de q llegue el verano =) saludos desde argentina =D

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