ReInventions – Grecian T-shirt

This was a super simple ReInvention. On my last trip to the thrift store, I was searching for longer tops that I could wear like tunic tops with skinny jeans. This top caught my eye because of the pretty apple green color and the neckline, but it was an extra-large and I’m an extra-small.

No problem – turn an XL into an XS with elastic thread. There are a million tutorials out there about how to use elastic thread, and I’ve tried many, but it never clicked and worked right until I found one that said if you have a drop-in bobbin (like I do) to wind the thread normally, not by hand. Score! Not only is it easier for me to wind the bobbin this way (duh) it sews much better as well.

I marked (with a pencil) three lines in front of and three lines behind each shoulder seam, spaced 1/4 inch apart, since the shirt wasn’t just too big around, it was also drooping at the shoulders on me.

Then I sewed on each line, backstitching at the beginning and end.

I tried the shirt on to check the shoulders and mark where I wanted the waist shirring band to start. I marked lines 1/4″ apart all the way around, and sewed them in.

And I had this:

I decided to call it the Grecian T-Shirt because the draping reminds me of togas. (And I love that it makes me look like I have a Grecian bust when mine is anything but!)

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  1. Czykmate says

    I LOVE this idea! Empire waists hide my mommy gut and that makes me happy. That being said, I have never worked with elastic thread nor do I have $ or transportation to the fabric store to purchase some. I’m wondering if I could do the old “stretch and zigzag” deal with regular elastic on the inside of the shirt to achieve a similar effect. What do you think?

  2. Amy says

    Here’s a tutorial for faux shirring! I haven’t tried this so I’m not sure how it works, but I pinned for a rainy day.

  3. WhyCuzICan says

    Lovely and yes, “figure flattering”- you are inspiring :)

    Thanks for sharing today where I’m spotting you from The Shabby Creek Cottage’s TRANSFORMATION THUR party.
    Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois at WHYCUZICAN

  4. Kristin says

    What a great idea! Might have to make a trip to the thrift store. 😉 This would be an excellent modification for those maternity shirts that are just too “boxy” (as if we don’t look big enough when we’re pg! lol).

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