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Easy no-sew method of altering an unflattering hemline

Posted by Judy from Berkeley, California, United States • Published See Judy's 31 projects »
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  • How to make a blouse. Gathered Blouse From Old Shirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    Find a shirt that you want to alter. This one was large and unflattering.

  • How to make a blouse. Gathered Blouse From Old Shirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    I didn't like the mesh turtleneck, so I cut it off.

  • How to make a blouse. Gathered Blouse From Old Shirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut off the bottom hem, but save the strip of fabric to use later.

  • How to make a blouse. Gathered Blouse From Old Shirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut vertical slits all along the bottom hem of the shirt. I used a seam ripper to speed up the process.

  • How to make a blouse. Gathered Blouse From Old Shirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    Starting from the middle, weave the slits all around the shirt. Basically, put one loop inside the next, pull it out and repeat all around.

  • How to make a blouse. Gathered Blouse From Old Shirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    When you are done weaving, you should be left with one last loop. Using the strip of fabric leftover from before, thread it through the last loop with the first, and tie the strip into a bow.

  • How to make a blouse. Gathered Blouse From Old Shirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    Crop the sleeves of the shirt to your desired length.

  • How to make a blouse. Gathered Blouse From Old Shirt - Step 8
    Step 8

    Follow the same steps as you did with the hem to make the gathered sleeves.

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