+ Men’s tee into a stripe top tutorial

 Ever since I did this pencil skirt post a year ago, I’ve been dying to do a shirt version….maybe a dress version will be the next step? Anyway, I LOVE how it turned out and it currently might be one of my favorite tops to date! And you don’t have to have a huge belly to wear it. Woot woot!

knit tee shirt
Another tee shirt or 1/4 yard of knit fabric 
sewing machine
flexible measuring tape
1. Cut the tee shirt just below or around the widest part of you chest. Then cut 1, 5″ to 6″ section of the white top (this depends on how wide you want your stripes to be). Cut open the strip (not the one with the sleeves) to make a long strip.
2. Cut from another tee shirt or knit fabric,  2 strips that are the same length and width of the tee shirt strip (or 4 wide pieces that are the same width and half the length as the sections you cut from the tee shirt previous).
3. Now take the 1 tee shirt piece and other 2 contrasting pieces (whether from a tee shirt or fabric) should be the same length. Sew the strips right sides together, altering the color. When that is done… sew up the side to create a tube, making sure to match the strips together.
* If needed take out just a little bit of the top shirt’s side seam so it will be the exact length of the tube’s opening and the top of the shirt’s opening.
5. Pull and pin the tube inside the top with the right sides together, sew.
6. Once attached, try the shirt on and mark and sew where you will want it taken in.
7. Cut the ribbing out of the original tee (the collar of the tee shirt) and sew the ribbing’s ends together into a closed circle. 
8. Match up the side and shoulder seams and cut out the neckline.
9. Pin the ribbing to the new neckline, right sides together. Remember there will be a lot of stretching on the ribbing’s part. This makes it so the neckline doesn’t sag.
10. Cut the sleeve.
11. Roll the sleeve and permanently tack with the sewing machine in place. 


  1. gosh you are one talented woman!

  2. Just darling, you sure don’t lack for creativity and talent:)

  3. You make me want to go to the goodwill and load my entire cart full of knits!

  4. I love this and I seriously love your blog! I don’t know if it’s my sentimental hormones (22 weeks along, yay!) raging but I wanted to let you know that your blog is the best bc you’re always updating it which is great for us at work (oops, lol) who check it pretty much everyday and the tutorials are amazingly easy to follow and replicate. It doesn’t hurt that all of these maternity tutorials come at a convenient time for me too so thanks for being awesome even with the hectic life of a mother who’s also a mother-to-be (I’m in that boat).

  5. I love this!

  6. What a great tutorial! You are amazing! So bad we don’t have goodwill here in Argentina :( But I do love hand-me-downs 😉

  7. this is really amzing, I have to make one!!!!

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  9. This is adorable! Love the color choices as well.

  10. So cute! I love all your maternity refashions (I am 21 weeks pregnant). Thanks for all the awesome ideas!

  11. This is great!

  12. I love this! I already used your tutorial on resizing a shirt down; made this bulky Chuck Norris guys tee into this cute shirt that I love to sport everywhere now with my converse or “Chunks” ( ha ha never heard them called that before, and I love it!!!!) Thanks for being so awesome and talented!

  13. This is so awesome! I love seeing your DIYs and it makes me want to do it as well. I will be buying more Men’s Shirt this Friday. hahaha… :) Thanks for sharing!

  14. So cute and easy!
    Thanks to share…


  15. Awesome tutorial! I love the colors and I especially love how the stripes highlight that wonderful belly of yours!

  16. You have THE cutest maternity style ever. I love everything you make – so talented!

  17. Love this! You’re super adorable and super talented :)

  18. It’s really great tutorial :) I love your blog :)

  19. To bad I found your blog, a month to late. The baby boy is here already. But I do love your maternity style and the great tutorials you put up.

  20. Your so talented! This is also a great post baby top, love it! I need to start sewing for myself again, thanks for being so inspirational!

  21. AHHHH I want that! Love how easy your tutorials are to follow, thanks!

  22. I did something similar 2 halloweens ago. Cut up 2 long sleeved tees one black and the other red) and made a star trek uniform. 😛

  23. So I’m trying to find the ruching step, and I can’t find it. How did you gather it? Just with a normal gathering technique?

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  24. Geraldine says:

    Which stretch stitch did you use on your sewing machine? Was it zigzag/overlock/etc.?

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