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T-Shirt to Halter Top DIY

Refashioning my Way Out of a Slump
No-Sew Button-Up Shirt to Dress Refashion

As most of you know, late last year I made a big career change from being the Grants Manager at the SC Arts Commission, to working in Community Impact at United Way of the Midlands.

When United Way launched National Volunteer Week with their Day of Action and needed volunteers to help give out information about our services at the Soda City Farmers Market, I happily signed up!

There was just one thing…I had to wear this shirt.

united way tshirt before refashion
It’s not bad, but…

It’s a perfectly fine T-shirt.  But I wasn’t really in the mood to wear a boring T-shirt on one of the few gorgeous sunny days we’ve had here lately.  

So, I pulled out my tailor’s chalk and got to marking!

I folded it in half so both sides would be Even Steven!
I folded it in half so both sides would be Even Steven!

Then, I cut along that chalked line.  

This left some raw edges that needed closing, so I got to it!

pinning top edge of shirt
See?

I stitched the front and back of my new top down…

sewing top hem
Whirrrrrrr!

…then I pinned those cut-off sided together and stitched them down as well!

pinning side of tshirt halter top
First ya pin, then ya stitch!

Almost done!  I just needed a couple of straps to hold my new top up. Luckily, I had a spool of black grosgrain ribbon on hand!

I pinned two lengths of ribbon to the front of my top.

pinning ribbon to front of top
Buy a spool today! It comes in so handy!

After two more short little whirrrrrs, I was all done!

sewing ribbon on tshirt halter top refashion
The last step!

My new top was comfy as could be for a day spent in the warm sun!

united way tshirt after refashion
Don’t judge the harem pants, mkay?

I could have made my top a bit more fitted, but as I actually work for United Way, I kind of wanted to be as non-provocative as possible.  I’m sure you understand.  🙂

While out at the market, I ran into a couple of fun friends!

refashionista with friend
Hiya Allie! 🙂

One lovely pal even gave me a very thoughtful gift!  🙂

Jillian and Cole
Thanks, Cole!

By the end of the day, I just wanted to unwind a bit, so I did.  🙂

refashionista with mimosa
Vitamin C is good for you…even in a mimosa! 🙂

I hope you all make the time to give back to your community (no matter where that is) this week, as well as all year long!

Cheers!

refashionista DIY Halter top from tshirt
Refashioning my Way Out of a Slump
No-Sew Button-Up Shirt to Dress Refashion