I'm very excited to share this t-shirt project with you guys today! I came up with the idea a whole month ago while I was still on the ship and I didn't have time to execute it until now.
Now is a funny time, however, because it's snowing like crazy here (in May!).
I started this project yesterday, and while I was working on it, I came up with a fun idea to take pictures of it outside in the sunshine. I wanted to let the glue dry overnight before I took those pictures, though, and man was I surprised when I woke up to a winter (spring?) wonderland this morning! I took some pictures outside anyway, just for fun.
All you need to make these bow sleeves are a t-shirt, a pair of scissors, some machine washable glue (I used E6000), measuring tape, and about 10 minutes of your time.
Here are the directions:
1. Cut a 2.5 inch slit from the top of the shoulder down toward the armpit on both the front and the back of the sleeve, making sure that you are cutting on the outside of the seam. (This means your total slit length will be 5 inches.) Once you've done that, there's a possibility that the shoulder seam might hang outside the shirt, like it is in the picture. To avoid this, I cut the unsightly seam off of the shirt in the area where it was visible. If yours doesn't hang out, there's no need to cut it off. Repeat this process on the other sleeve as well.
2. Carefully cut off the very bottom of the shirt, below the seam stitching. Save this strip of fabric for step 3. You'll be using it to make the center of the bow.
3. The strip of fabric from step 2 will be folded in half. Unfold it and cut out two 2.5 inch strips.
4. Use your fingers to pinch the center of one of the sleeves.
5. Wrap one of the strips from step 3 around the sleeve where you pinched it. Put a dab of glue on the end of the strip, where the star is in the picture.
6. Fold the other end of the strip over the glue so that the strip becomes a circular band around the sleeve. Pinch it tightly between your fingers to make sure that the glue is secure. Repeat steps 3 through 6 on the other sleeve. Let the glue dry before trying on your new creation!
I love my new shirt and I hope you like yours as well. I can't wait for the weather to warm up again so I can wear it without the vest...