When summer comes, of course, there's nothing more comfortable than a sleeveless t-shirt. While you can go buy them at the store, wouldn't it be so much better to make your own sleeveless T-shirt? You only need a few minutes to do it. Here's how.
Step 1. Find the right shirt
Take out your favorite t-shirts, and decide which one you want to turn into a sleeveless t-shirt. Try on those t-shirts and choose the one that suits you best.
Step 2. Try it out
Roll the sleeves up as high as you can or fold the sleeves into the shirt to the seam to see if the shirt looks good without sleeves.
Step 3. Decide how to cut it
There are two ways you can do this: leave the seam crease between the sleeve and the t-shirt, or trim it.
- Leaving the seams intact will keep your sleeveless shirt from unraveling and looking shabby.
- Cutting the sleeves together with the seams makes your sleeveless shirt look more casual, as well as being more comfortable due to the larger armholes.
- Change your cut pattern if the sleeve holes are going to be too deep. Instead of the pattern of cutting following the seam of the sleeve, when you reach about 2/3 of the sleeve cut from top to bottom, turn your cut toward the bottom of the sleeve. When you've reached the forearm seam, turn the corner over and cut back toward the t-shirt seam. So that a triangle is formed at the bottom of the armhole. Flatten the section so that it is the right size.
Step 4. Place the t-shirt on a clean, flat surface
If you are cutting the sleeves along with the seams, mark the area to be cut with chalk. If you have left the seam, cut the sleeves about 1/8 inch (3 mm) away from the seam.
Step 5. Be careful when cutting the sleeves
If you have left the sleeve seam, cut it near the seam, about 1/8 inch (3 mm) along the seam. Be careful not to cut too close to the seam, as if it is too close the seam may unravel after several washes.
- If you are cutting the seams, follow your chalk line, and cut slowly so that the cut is even.
- Repeat on the other arm.
- Save the cut sleeves for future projects.
Step 6. When you're done, you can sew the hem around the edges if you like, or leave it alone
The edges will wrinkle and become smooth after frequent wear, helping you stay cool all summer long!
Step 7. Done
- Seam neatly. Perform the hem by pulling the sleeves away from the body of the shirt and cutting the thread at the hem with a utility knife. The sleeves can be pulled back after you've cut the thread a few times at different points along the hem line.
- Cutting the sleeves in half instead of the whole thing will make your garment curl outward. Depending on your needs, this may or may not be what you want.
- For a neater look, hem the sleeves-either by sewing machine or by hand-to keep your sleeveless shirt from falling apart.
- Use the remaining sleeves for future projects. The rest of this piece can be used as a headband, mini handbag, cut into squares and used as a patchwork, or for a variety of other projects.
- If your shirt is loose, mark the best cut locations with chalk. On loose-fitting shirts, this cut is usually about 2.5 cm from the hem, towards the sleeves. Clothing like this is usually slightly rolled inward.