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I found this knit top during one of my thrifting store scouts.  I love the kind of pleated detail in the front, but the top itself was too big and I wanted a summer top, not a winter top.  So I decided to make it exactly what I wanted. 🙂

Remaking a long sleeved knit shirt into a short sleeve summer top #sewing #upcycle #refashion http://www.upcycledfashionista.com
Here is poor Lex modeling for me in the cold.

 

Remaking a long sleeved knit shirt into a short sleeve summer top #sewing #upcycle #refashion http://www.upcycledfashionista.com
See, it was too big.
Remaking a long sleeved knit shirt into a short sleeve summer top #sewing #upcycle #refashion http://www.upcycledfashionista.com
Step One: Pin.

If you don’t have a sewing form, have a partner help you out.

Remaking a long sleeved knit shirt into a short sleeve summer top #sewing #upcycle #refashion http://www.upcycledfashionista.com
Step Two: Cut

Since the sleeves weren’t tooooooo large, I used the line at the seam as a cutting point to cut off the sleeves.

Remaking a long sleeved knit shirt into a short sleeve summer top #sewing #upcycle #refashion http://www.upcycledfashionista.com
Step Three: Sew

Sewing the sleeves up.

Remaking a long sleeved knit shirt into a short sleeve summer top #sewing #upcycle #refashion http://www.upcycledfashionista.com
Step Four: Sew Sides

Following the pins, I sewed up the sides.

Remaking a long sleeved knit shirt into a short sleeve summer top #sewing #upcycle #refashion http://www.upcycledfashionista.com
Step Five: Reinforce

Make sure the seams at the underarms will stay put.

Remaking a long sleeved knit shirt into a short sleeve summer top #sewing #upcycle #refashion http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

I think it turned out pretty good!

Remaking a long sleeved knit shirt into a short sleeve summer top #sewing #upcycle #refashion http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

Here’s a close up of the pleat and the sleeve.

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