Sunday, September 16, 2012

T-Shirt Makeover #6 Boat Neck

If you would like to see the other five T-Shirt Makeovers, click  HERE !

You might remember the fun  Yards and Yards of Yard Sales  shopping spree where I found this cool (but floppy) T-Shirt!  You know how I love a good T-Shirt makeover!

What do you think? 

I love having a new graphic T!

I found a pattern review at Susie Homemaker (or so I think) .  (What a great name for a blog!)  Then I found an Ah - MAY - ZING tutorial at Family Ever After  by Abby at Sew Much Ado .

And so the adventure begins.  I documented the whole thing. 

Ummm...  Some of my pictures are not in focus.  EESH! 

I begin by laying the floppy T as flat as possible. 

Then I placed a Tshirt that I like on top.  Since most of the bulk will be cut from the shoulder, I want to see how much to cut.  OK.  'Looks like quite a bit of fabric up there on those shoulders, but not enough to just cut straight across the top. 
 Here's where the pictures go wrong.  'Sorry for the drawings. 
If you can see the green line, the collar and sleeves were whacked and about one inch was cut from the shoulders.
Since this will be a boat neck, I need a straighter line across the neck.  Using my handy dandy yard stick and chalk, I drew a line from the middle of the shoulder to the edge of the cut collar.  (I hope you can see the purple lines on the drawing.) 

Then I cut along that purple line.  'Got the idea? 

Next, a 5/8 inch seam was made across each shoulder.  The seams were ironed.  Beginning on the edge of the shoulder, I top stitched 1/4 inch across the entire front and then across the entire back.  This made the shoulder nice and tidy and also hemmed the top. 

This shirt was pretty big on me.  I took a 5/8 inch seam on each side, then trimmed away the extra fabric.  The sleeves were cut to fit and sewn back in place. 


I'm diggin' the boat neck,

and the length.

It definitely screams "M A R C I"!      Hey, that's me!  ;-)  -Marci

BTW...  This is what I wore to a car show.  One of our neighbors has some kind of fancy Corvette.  It was fun to look at cars and visit with friends, but I really don't know a thing about cars. 

Lots of people complimented my cool, new, graphic, boat neck T!  It was a good day!  ;-)  -Marci


  1. It's great to see the end-result, Marci. I really love a boat neck like this, it shows off your great collar bones! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, and have a wonderful week.

  2. Genius Idea! I am your newest follower, excited to read more! Come follow along :)

  3. Great idea. I love boat necklines.

  4. How awesome is this? It looks great. I'm going to have to have my mom help me do this to a bunch of my husband's shirts from the school he works at...I always feel like a sack of potatoes wearing them! And you're one gorgeous model, lady! Hope you have a fabulous week. Thanks bunches for stopping by at Mop It Up Mondays!

    1. Hello, Kristi! I'm so glad you visited my blog! This is a pretty quick project. Please let me see pictures of yours! -Marci

  5. What a big difference of how the t-shirt looks. And it does look good on you. ^_^


  6. What a great idea! If only I can sew....

  7. This is sooo cute.. love that it is Totally Marci! The boat neck is my perfect!
    Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

    1. Thank you! The T-Shirt Makeovers feel really quick since the hems are left pretty much in tact. 'Lets me focus on just the fun stuff! ;-) -Marci

  8. This is a great refashion. I love your tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

    1. Thanks, Debi! I love having a new graphic T that's kind of different from the norm! -Marci

  9. Hey Marci! How are you? Its been a while. Just wanted to let you know that I'm starting the Thriving on Thursday linky party up again tomorrow and this project of yours will be featured. It was a huge hit. Have missed our regular catchups. Hope you've been well?

    Anne xx

    1. ANNE!! It's so nice to hear from you! Thank you for the feature! You really know how to make a blogger's day! ;-) I would love to hop over to Domesblissity. Thank you for the invitation! -Marci

  10. Great idea! You look so cute, Marci!!

    Thanks for linking up to Throwback Thursdays.



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