I haven't had an enormous amount of time for DIY so I've started out really small -by cutting sleeves off of shirts that I thought needed new life! Here's 3 examples of shirts I changed up and now adore!
1. The Plaid Shirt.
This was a cheap plaid shirt I bought at Urban Planet when plaid first became a 'thing' a few years back. It's soft, and I do like the lumberjack feel, but over time it became limp and lame and unfitted and awkward. So I cut off the sleeves and took some fabric scraps and sewed them to the collar and the pocket, just to spice it all up a bit! I'm SO happy with how this turned out, though I think I might try and add a lining to thicken it a bit once I get the time!
2. Thrifted Blouse.
This blouse has the coolest collar trimmed with lace. I saw it at Good Will and thought - I'll have to find a way to make this work. I thought pairing it with some edgier pieces would be enough, but it wasn't. And this shirt with amazing lace details stayed hanging in my closet for a month or two. And then it hit me that I could cut off the bulky sleeves that I found made it so awkward, and the lace would actually show even better! Add a belt and voila! Totally cute!
3. The Band Tee.
It's flipped because I used my webcam for these photos, but this is an Elvis Costello tshirt. I love me some Costello, he's one of my favourites. So when my step dad just surprised me with this one day just because, I was stoked! The thing is, tshirts aren't my thing. Sure there's some with a special cut and fabric and pattern to it that I do choose to wear, but ultimately I am not one to wear a cotton tshirt. So I turned it into a tank top. The one thing I need to change to this is to sew up the sleeve hole a little - the tshirt sleeve was very wide and now I've got major risk for some side boob peek-aboo moments that I'm not really into. ;)
So there's my three sleeve-cutting transformations! I'm stoked to wear these shirts, particularly the blouse in the middle. It's really an easy way to update a few pieces in a simple way that can still get you excited to wear them, and I'm definitely going to try and find other ways to do so and then share them with you guys on here if I find some good ones ;)
ps. excuse the webcam quality of these. I'm secretly a webcam/photobooth junkie. Shh.