Soooooo, today I give you.....the 10 Minute Top! Actually, if you don't hem it, it's probably more like a 3 minute top but we'll just see how this goes:
1 T-Shirt (something close fitting will work best)
thread and a sewing machine if you want clean edges
Here's what I started with.
No, I don't usually pick up teal blue close fitting long sleeve turtle neck t-shirts, but I saw this on a sale rack for a whopping $2. And when I see stuff like that I look at it purely as fabric and try to figure out how I can cut it up and make it look better than a $2 sale shirt.
Here's how I did it (hopefully you agree)
1) Cut across the back from underarm to underarm. Be careful to make sure that you're only cutting through one layer.
2) In the front cut along a shape like the outline below. I measured in approximately 3.5"from each underarm seam and then cut a triangle up to the middle of the neckline.
3) You should end up with something that looks like this.
Next, cut right down the centre of your triangle.
4) Now you can actually call it a day right there if you want and leave the edges unfinished but I couldn't do it. The edges drove me crazy so I turned the top hem over 5/8" and sewed it down just to keep my sanity.
And here is where the fun begins. You can leave it like this. Just put it on and tie the two triangle sides together and you have a cute little halter. Oooorrrrrrrr......
You can cut a strip of fabric and make a long narrow tube from the left over arm pieces and add a little support:
Or you can have fun and add some pretty ribbon or interesting trim instead. Here I used some Hemp trim to give it a real beachy feel:
This tie isn't permanent, you're just tying the triangle pieces around it. So, you can change it out whenever you want. I tried some beautiful beaded trim I picked up in India for a nighttime look:
This could be a great top to take on vacation with you. Wear it on the beach with some shorts or over your bathing suit and then just switch the tie and put on a skirt for evening and away you go!
If your top isn't really close fitting you can still do this, you just might have to take in the sides or make some darts in the back. That's still easy peasy and might only add an extra 5 minutes tops.
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Have a great week everyone, enjoy the sunshine!!!
This is awesome and so creative. I'm not confident enough to wear halters alone, but I think that it would be cute under a cardigan with that little tie in the front.
This is brilliant, lady! I love it!
This is such a great idea. It makes me wish I wasn't nursing so I could wear something cute like this. One day.... :)
This is so cute!! You have been busy!
So cute! I love it!
So not the 80's turtleneck it used to be.
You are too talented. I love it! Hate turtlenecks and wouldn't be caught dead in one!
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This is so GREAT!!! I am so going to do this!! thank you for sharing!!
Wow! It's really hard to believe that pretty top used to be a turtleneck. How creative you are.
This is so cool. Will be trying it with all my old shirts! Love it. Thanks so much for sharing :) We would love to have you share it with our readers at our Strut Your Stuff link up party on Sunday. Hope to see you there!
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Super cute! I love how simple this is to make! Adding it to my 'to make' list!
THis is great but is that really all that's holding it up? Just tying the front keeps it in place? It seems like the back would flop around...
Thanks for all of the nice comments everyone!
To answer Sparkling's question... this top isn't for all body types. I'm very small on top so I don't have any problems keeping it up, however, it you feel you need more support make the extra tie and if you need a closer fit take it in on the sides or back or wherever you need to. Make it yours~
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What a great idea! Thanks for sharing the instructions for how to do this. I'm pinning it to come back to later. I love the one with the drawstring cord.
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This is a great idea! I also look at a lot of garments as simply fabric to make into something else...
Oh - wow! When I first saw that shirt I would have never dreamed it came from a turtleneck! Great job!
Thanks for sharing!
This is great! I have a turtleneck that was hiding in the bottom of a drawer that is going to change in about 5 minutes! Thanks for sharing!
I love your top makeover! I have an old turtle neck, and think I might have to give this a try! I'd love if you would join us over at Sew Woodsy and link up this project!
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Wow really is 10 minutes! I Love how adding a different tie really does give it completely different looks! A perfect vacation top
Oo! Oo! You could add some elastic to the top to help keep it up!
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