Today I have a very easy, fun and satisfying DIY refashion to share with you. If you've ever inserted a zipper, this will be a breeze for you. Yesterday, in my DIY Outfit post
I shared my inspiration for this top as well as sewing patterns and fabric to make it all yourself. If you don't feel like starting from scratch, you can grab a striped t-shirt from your closet or the local thrift store. Read on for all the how-to details.
I had an old hand-me-down t-shirt that had become kind of stretched out over the years. It was just screaming to be made over. I found a colorful zipper in my stash and I was ready to go. By the way, I highly recommend having a zipper stash. Over the years I found some super cheap (as in 10 cents) zippers at thrift stores and snatched them up. It's so handy to have a box full at the ready.
Adding the zipper, takes in the shirt a couple of inches at the center back. It was perfect for this shirt, giving it just the right fit. If you're making your own or buying a new (or previously used) one, be aware, it will be a little smaller when you're done.
How to Refashion a Zip Back T-shirt
Zipper (about 24 inches long)
2 strips of interfacing (1 inch wide by length of shirt)
Fold the t-shirt in half with the fold down the center back. Cut along the fold and finish the raw edges.
Adhere interfacing strips to wrong side of cut edges. Fold cut edges to inside.
Pin zipper to folded edges and stitch in place. Topstitch folded edge in place.
- To see more of the zipper, stitch the zipper on top of the right side of the shirt (instead of the inside as I did here).
- Use contrasting thread for added design details. You could even redo the topstitching along the hem or neckline to match the zipper.
- A contrasting color zipper makes this shirt feel really special. Choose one in a neon color for extra fun.
- Try adding zippers to other seams like the bottom side seam or the front of a raglan sweatshirt.
Here I've styled the shirt with some casual skinny jeans, a matching vintage bracelet and driving moccasins. It's a great t-shirt for weekend wear, casual but still interesting.
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