It’s Mending Week over at Making More with Less which reminded me of these three shirts that have been sitting in my mending pile.
The top shirt was Allen’s favorite this past winter. The other two were discovered in the bottom of one of his drawers when I cleaned out the winter clothes . . . they’d never even been worn! I thought since they all had long sleeves sewn under short sleeves, I could convert them to summer apparel really easily.
I started by simply cutting the long sleeve portion off, just below the hem on the short sleeve, but that left this funky piece at the bottom seam.
So I grabbed my trusty seam ripper and ripped out the portion of that seam where the long sleeve had been sewn in. (A quick tip: When you’re ripping out serging, the easiest way is to find the side with the two rows of stitching that run parallel, slide your seam ripper under both stitches and rip them out. Every three of four stitches will do the trick. Then just pull the two pieces of fabric apart.)
Once that was done, I was able to cut off that little bit of extra fabric,
and then serge the seam back together. (If you don’t have a serger, it would be perfectly fine to sew those back together, too!)
Twenty minutes of work, and three tops are ready to add to Allen’s summer wardrobe.
Here’s Chewy, back in action . . .
These are great! I could do this with a couple of my sons where the undersleeve is all discoloured because it’s white.
This is a great mend! I’ve done this with my son’s shirt but I was lazy and didn’t even pick out the seam. Yours look good. Thanks for joining us!
This is an awesome idea! I have an uonurtnfately large collection of ratty old t-shirts that could work for this. YAY! I will say that I have had the hardest time finding butcher paper that is not sold in a beyond giant roll…