Men's Tshirt Makeover #1 , #2 , #3 , and #4 I've done for myself? Well, Mr. Big Stuff has been asking me to make something for him from one of the men's T-shirts. (I'm referring to those packages of men's Tshirts that come four for around $10.) He loves wearing the soft Ts.
Yeah, really big muscles!
My second try was much better. Here's what you need:
1 Men's Tshirt - I used an XL
Thread that matches or contrasts with the Tshirt
1 Rivet Kit or Rivet Smasher Gadget
Cord or Shoe Lace at least 24 inches long OR Shorter piece of Elastic
Something for Measuring
Wiggly 5 Year Old with Big Muscles and a Juice Mustache
Lay the Men's Tshirt as flat as possible. Safety pin in a few places to keep the shirt from shifting as you work out your pattern. Using a yard stick and chalk, I measured along the shoulder and top of the sleeve and marked a one inch line.
Sew this line along the top of the sleeve and shoulder on both sides. This made the neck line less floppy. Trim the seam. (Just FYI... I did not do this on the first one I made.)
OK. Prepare yourself. The next couple of steps are the trickiest part of the project and not for the faint of heart! Place the Tshirt as flat as possible on the floor next to your wiggly 5 year old with big muscles and a grape juice mustache. (So, what is the deal with males showing muscles?)
Whew! That step is tough. Are you still with me? Lay the shirt on a flat surface and give the wiggly one a reward. Center your yard stick/measuring tape across the shirt to see how close your chalk line is to the middle. Adjust accordingly.
Sew all the way around this cut to make the inseam. Trim the seam close so there will be lots of room for pedaling fast. OK. Now your Tricycle Racing Suit has legs!
Again, lay the Tshirt as flat as possible. Find the center of the collar and mark a 4 inch line down from the middle.
Now it's time to get the rivet smasher gadget. The package might call it something else. ;-) *wink* Mr. Big Stuff is so dern cute! Organize the rivets and let your little wiggly one choose a color.
On each side fold the collar over by about 1 inch. Then fold the folded part over again. There will be three layers of fabric. This does a couple of things. The folded fabric gives enough thickness for the rivots to hold. Folding the fabric also brings in the neckline once it is laced.
Time to lace up the collar! (If the long cord worries you, use a shorter strip of elastic and just sew the ends together after lacing.)
Ya gotta love a man in uniform!! I like the collar better on this version of the Tricycle Racing Suit!
Once you have a fit you like, use the suit instead of the racer for your pattern. It's much easier using a pattern that doesn't wiggle! Bling it out any way you like! I used bright yellow iron - on letters.
Let the tricycle racing begin!
Yep! Our Stone Cottage is filled with wild tricycle racing... and joy! Thanks for stopping by!