DIY men’s top to bell sleeve button up refashion

March 30, 2017   /   byLiz Bryson  / Categories :  Feeds

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Here’s a cute way to repurpose a men’s top by simply taking it in and adding some fun bell sleeves!
-Take a men’s top and lay your top over it. Cut off the shirt’s arms and the bottom.
-Cut out the top how you want it to fit, including the armholes by using your shirt as a guide. Always cut a little bigger because you can always take it in later
-Sew up the side seams and serge or zigzag stitch the edge to prevent fraying. try it on and make sure everything fits correctly.
-Try on the sleeve and mark just above the elbow. Then mark how much you will need to take it in.
-Cut the sleeve just above the elbow and sew along the marking to take it in and serge.
-Curve the top of the sleeve to mimic this shape, if you need help then grab one of your shirts and mimic the sleeve curve from it.
-Take the bottom that you cut off or grab supplement fabric and cut it into an aline shape, I had to use 3 pieces taken from the bottom of the men’s shirt and and the ends of the sleeves. Once you have sewn it up into an a-line shape, then round the bottom of the bell. serge the sides.
-Flip the sleeve right side out and slide the inside out bell over the sleeve, pin and sew. Then serge.
-Flip the shirt inside out, and pull the right side out sleeve into the armhole opening. Pin, sew and serge.
-Hem the bottom of the bell sleeve by sewing under 1/8” twice and sew. Then Hem the bottom of the shirt 1/4” then a 1/2”.
-Iron all the seams flat
-If you need the collar to be tighter then snip as much as you need taken in, centered just between the collar band and the yoke. Take in the inside at the yoke tapper from the entire size of the cut down a few inches or more. Then take in the collar and collar band on the backside as much as the width of the cut. Serge off the extra material. Then sew the collar band back to the yoke. Sew down the back of the collar to the bottom of the collar band of the top of the yoke to make sure to conceal the serged collar edge.

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