How Does She…refashion a shirt?

posted on April 29, 2010 by  |  posted under Sewing  |  11 Comments

refashion a shirt

You are NOT going to believe what Megan does with this…

Who is Megan?  Let’s get acquainted.


sUPER hERO power wished for:

the ability to CLONE myself! I’d love to have an assistant :)

“Hey it’s Megan from Brassy Apple.

I describe myself a pattern designer by night and a mom to 4 by day! I design sewing patterns, aprons and fun trendy accessories for the modern woman and her stylish kin! I do most of my work during nap times and “after hours” when the kids are in bed as I am sure so many other moms can relate to as well.

I got started with my business when my daughter was young and I needed an outlet for the things I loved to do besides reading nursery rhymes and playing dolls all day with her. I refined my niche and fueled my passion for design, creating, crafting and upcycling.

You can peek into all my projects, photography and how-to tutorials on everything from home decor, to fashion to activities for your kids on the Brassy Apple Blog.”

Did you catch the part about the polka-dots?  Just checking.

Fun facts:
“My favorite pattern is polka dots
I love cracklin’ oat bran cereal
I’ll take savory over sweet anyday
I LOVE carbs!!!”
The Oprah show has called me!
I don’t run, workout or go the gym – LOL
Okay the suspense is over, check this out!
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It doesn’t even look like the same shirt, right?
Here is another makeover…love the ruffles!
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and this pink one is my favorite (I think because I could actually DO this one:)
By the way, Megan has great tutorials on how to make these shirts on her website, she is kindly sharing this one with us…

The “KnotTEE” spring top

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1 t-shirt (any color. best if it’s 1 size larger than you normally wear)
measuring tape
Step1: Cut up the middle from bottom through the top
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Step 2: Measure from the outside of the collar 10″ down to the middle line you just cut. Cut away the material. Repeat on the opposite side.
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Step 3: Cut off the remaining collar.
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Step 4: Cut strips about 3″ long and about 1″ wide all the way down each side.
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Step 5: Starting at the top, take 1 strip from each side and tie in a knot bringing the center together. Continue all the way down.
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Step 6: Cut off the cuff of each sleeve.
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Step 7: Cut a 1″ slit on the “top” of the sleeve
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Step 8: Cut a 3″ slit into the sleeve. (this creates 2 pieces to knot like the front of the shirt) Tie into a knot on each sleeve.
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and you are done! It’s not a “fancy” top but it’s one that ANYONE can do – even your kids – and that’s why I wanted to share this design. It’s still a plain colored t-shirt but now it’s got texture, interest and something people will notice about it.
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Here is her last one she is posting on her blog as we speak…
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You’ll have to hop over to check it out!
Thanks, Megan for brilliantly answering, How Does She refashion a shirt!
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    1. April 29th, 2010 at 7:06 am
      Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
      Brilliant! I'm totally inspired to rethink my old t-shirts! Thanks!!! :)
      .-= Lynn from For Love or Funny´s last blog ..How to soothe a teen’s soul =-.
    2. April 29th, 2010 at 7:47 am
      Meg/Brassy Apple says:
      Hey you gals can make a girl look good! LOL :)

      thanks for the feature! now go grab an old tshirt and make it something stylish! :)
      .-= Meg/Brassy Apple´s last blog ..Corporate ZIP!....spring top challenge #4 =-.
    3. April 29th, 2010 at 9:18 am
      SarahAnne says:
      Oh my Nelly, now THAT is awesome! I really could do the knot one! Thanks for sharing this!
    4. April 29th, 2010 at 10:30 am
      Melissa says:
      Cool! I'm headed over there now to check everything out. Thanks for sharing.
      .-= Melissa´s last blog ..A time to ... =-.
    5. April 29th, 2010 at 11:54 am
      Natalie Kay says:
      Wow! Wow! WOW!!! I think my closet could use an overhaul like this! I can't believe how trendy she made these shirts. Love it!
    6. April 29th, 2010 at 2:51 pm
      Penny says:
      I love this! I want more! Does she have a website I can check out to see how she does these things?
      • April 29th, 2010 at 5:27 pm
        Missy says:
        I know, isn't she great! There is a link in the post at the bottom click on "hop over" and it will take you to her site.
    7. April 29th, 2010 at 6:58 pm
      Meg/Brassy Apple says:
      thanks for all the great comments and feedback!

      I do have a website but we just closed the shop today because we are moving to a new state this weekend! we hope to be back up and running by the middle to end of next week!
      .-= Meg/Brassy Apple´s last blog ..Corporate ZIP!....spring top challenge #4 =-.
    8. April 29th, 2010 at 8:28 pm
      jen says:
      i love to play with the tshirts i get free from local events and wear them to the gym, but some of these ideas i just might wear anywear, have to check the website out.
    9. April 29th, 2010 at 9:22 pm
      Lindsey@Kindred Spirit Mommy says:
      This is so inspiring! I really have wanted to refashion old t-shirts since I saw people doing it in the craftster forums... but this is so chic! Thanks for the tutorial, too!
      .-= Lindsey@Kindred Spirit Mommy´s last blog ..Give Yourself a Green Tea Facial {Natural Beauty Recipe} =-.
    10. April 30th, 2010 at 1:22 am
      Diane {} says:
      very cute shirts! I love the soft ruffles on the green shirt.
      .-= Diane {}´s last blog ..Fast Food =-.
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