Little Black Shirt Upcycle with Ruffles

Little Black Shirt

I went a little crazy a few weeks ago and got super inspired to try making my own clothes again. I bought a few patterns and grabbed some fabric at the fabric store and set to work only to remind myself why I quit sewing in the first place! It's so expensive and you don't always end up with what you want. I am a HUGE garage sale shopper. In fact 95% of our families clothing comes from garage sales. I rarely pay more than a dollar for any article of clothing, which leads me to why I love repurposing so much. Since it isn't garage sale season, I picked up this little racer back tank at Old Navy for $1.49. I knew it had more life in it than to be just a racer back tank, and thus the story of the little black shirt.

Once upon a time, there was a little black shirt. The little black shirt met another black shirt and a new super fun black shirt was made.

Here's the shirt that was sacrificed. I liked the detail on the top, so I cut just below it. I think I see a dress in it's future.

Here's one idea that I thought of. I cut the sacrificial shirt into 3 inch long pieces and gathered both sides. I placed it down the middle and thought that I would sew it on this way. But instead a happy accident happened and the strip got messed up and became this...

A funky little wave of a shirt! I just placed it on in a sort of zig zag pattern, pinned it down and sewed it on the front of the shirt. What do you think?


Andrea said...

Wow, 95% of your clothes come from garage sales? I'm impressed. That takes some patience! (of which I have none). I love, love the tank! I too found a bunch of $1.25 shirts at Old Navy recently and am still trying to figure out how to chop them up :) Thanks for joining Make it, Wear it! come back next week to link up and see who I feature!

Andrea @

Unknown said...

Andrea, we actually only spend around $75 a month on clothes/shoes/underwear/accessories for the WHOLE family of five. And we dress well. I'm lucky we live in an area with great garage sales. I have less patience for searching through the mall racks now!

FrouFrouBritches said...

That is so cute! Aren't you smart? I've never refashioned anything for myself. I've got to try it.

Kate said...

Adorable! I'm going to have to give this a try!

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