Yesterday my husband and I were honored to take part in something called Compassion Sunday. Some of you may have been reading along last year when Tsh chronicled her trip to the Philippines with Compassion International over on Simple Mom. This is an organization close the heart of my family as well, as we’ve been sponsoring a child for several years.
Compassion Sunday was simply a day set aside to tell our church family about Compassion and what they do, changing the stories of children around the world. We shared our experiences and set up a table of packets where people could sign up to sponsor a child.
So what does this all have to do with a t-shirt tutorial?
Read on to find out!
When we opened up our package of Compassion Sunday supplies, I found the t-shirt with this year’s logo. I had ordered a medium, but it proved to be too small for my husband and a bit large for my tastes.
I’m not much of a fashion aficionado (yet?) myself, but with a bit of chalk and some trusty fabric scissors, I set to work to convert the shirt into something a bit more stylish.
How to turn an oversized t-shirt into a boatneck tee
Giving a t-shirt a new look is an easy no-sew transformation.
Try your shirt on; take a piece of chalk and mark below the collarbone how low you want your shirt to be cut, and mark a point on one shoulder where the neckline to be cut.
Measure from the shoulder chalk mark to the neckline of the shirt, and then using a tape measure, mark the other shoulder the same distance from the neckline.
Connect the two shoulder marks and the collarbone mark in a nice curved shape.
Carefully cut along this line through both layers. The great thing about t-shirt knit is that you don’t really have to worry about fraying. It will naturally roll and possibly stretch a little over time though, so you might want to go a little conservative on your cutting.
Once I had my neckline done, I decided to trim the sleeves up a bit. I just tried the shirt on again and folded one sleeve up to where I liked it and again marked it with chalk.
I cut about two and a quarter inches off each sleeve, after using my tape measure as a ruler and marking a straight line with chalk to cut along.
The finished product
In about ten minutes, I had restyled my t-shirt! I think it looked really cute paired with a flowy skirt that a friend handed down to me recently.
I especially like the way the back turned out with the low boatneck shape. I can see that I’ll be doing this with more old t-shirts for the summer, pairing them with cute skirts or shorts, and wearing them over a tank or bathing suit at the beach.
I sure do love a good t-shirt repurpose job! Do you have any slightly oversized t-shirts (maybe an old favorite?) laying around that you might want to give a boatneck look?
Interested in learning more about Compassion International? Visit their website to learn how you can sponsor a child.