DIY T-shirt Refashion Instructions: No more boxy tight fit! Transform a unisex t-shirt to fit-and-flare. Super flattering for all bodies.

DIY T-shirt Refashion Instructions: No more boxy tight fit! Transform a unisex t-shirt to fit-and-flare. Super flattering for all bodies.



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  • Materials: 1 graphic tshirt and 1 to 2 dress shirts, Arrives by U S Postal Mail, Illustrated instructions in English

Ellie T-shirt Upcycling Sewing Pattern by Paganoonoo
Hard copy mailed to you (digital available for $16 see listings)

• Refashion Unisex t-shirt to feminine blouse
• Loose fit below the bust with roomy hips
• Eye-catching, stylish Back Detail
• A high/low hem (slightly or dramatically)
• Neckline and cuff soft-look treatment
• Techniques to line the back panel
• Hard Copy Pattern you receive by mail
• See Shop Listing for Digital Download Pattern

This is our SIMPLEST DESIGN !! Recommended for those new to upcycling*. With upcycling, there is no need to print, cut out and tape together PATTERN PIECES. The starting materials are 3D garments, so instead the "pattern" is instructions and illustrations that define exactly what and where to cut (disassemble) and how to reassemble the pieces. You are purchasing a set of instructions printed on quality 8.5" by 11" paper which can be put in a binder for future ease of reference.

The ELLIE T-Shirt silhouette is feminine and flattering, a dressier take on a standard t-shirt and creates a better fit by designing in hip ease while the high/low hemline gives a pleasing profile view. The silhouette works well with all figure types and pairs well with pants and skirts. The overall effect is feminine, comfortable, and confident.

A fun T-shirt and 1-2 dress shirts are needed. You will have successful results in creating a beautiful Ellie T-shirt CUSTOMIZED to your figure.

ALL SIZES ARE INCLUDED in that the size/fit of the finished garment is determined by the size of the shirt used for the upper torso, the other parts are self-scaling. ANYONE, any size, who can find a t-shirt or knit shirt to fit the way they like across the shoulders and bust, can successfully fit this pattern. If the shirt is tight at the hip, this is not a problem; the instructions walk you through the design process of adding ease.

The sewing is straightforward piece assembly, mostly using topstitching. The customization is achieved by picking the right size starting garment and making choices about where to cut by looking at the garment fit on your own body.

ADDITIONAL BONUS - Includes a 4-page tip sheet on design elements, color selection, fit, garment care, and technical tips.

See Designer Michelle Paganini’s article on upcycling in the Threads Magazine Feb/March 2015 issue! She was also featured on It's Sew Easy series 1300 and 1400. Her segment on Double Collars is available on YouTube .

*UPCYCLING is taking something existing, like clothing, and transforming it into something of greater value. This set of instructions and illustrations will walk you through every step of selecting garments, disassembly and reassembly, to create a beautiful, custom fit, one-of-a-kind garment.

WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY about Paganoonoo Patterns:
"Easy to follow directions with lots of great tips.”
“Absolutely brilliantly clear & concise instructions..."
"Amazing inspiration along with wonderfully helpful technical details..."

Happy Upcycling!

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5 out of 5 stars

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Carol Churchill Oct 14, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Came with personal note of encouragement. Easy to follow instructions with options to upcycle more than T-Shirts. Professionally written and photos make it easy to go step by step. Could be adapted for children's T-shirts as a special gift from G-Mom.

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Eugenia Leza Jun 23, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I love this pattern. My daughter bought me some t shirt that shrunk when I washed and now I used the pattern and can wear. Thank you

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Claire Sep 9, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

I can't wait to try this pattern!!! Such an interesting concept.

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