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Turn an old men's polo shirt into a darling top!
When you want a new top and are on a tight budget, dig through your husband or boyfriends closet and find an old polo shirt to make a pretty top for yourself!

Posted by merrick.white.12 from Huntington Beach, California, United States • Published See merrick.white.12's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a top. Polo Refashion - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut off the collar. Set it aside to use later.

  • How to make a top. Polo Refashion - Step 2
    Step 2

    Try the shirt on backward (buttons in the back) and mark the new neck hole with pins. Then cut out the neck hole, as shown with the dotted line.

  • How to make a top. Polo Refashion - Step 3
    Step 3

    Since we cut the collar off, go back with a seam ripper and remove the rest of the collar bits, as seen below.

  • How to make a top. Polo Refashion - Step 4
    Step 4

    Go back to the collar piece and open it up, tearing off the interfacing if there is any.

  • How to make a top. Polo Refashion - Step 5
    Step 5

    salvage as long of a strip as possible and iron it flat (as seen with the bottom strip in the photo below).

  • How to make a top. Polo Refashion - Step 6
    Step 6

    now fold it in half, wrong sides together, and press it flat. This will be the "ribbing" for your neckline. If you can't get a long enough piece, just use a few pieces and sew them together.

  • How to make a top. Polo Refashion - Step 7
    Step 7

    attach the ribbing to the neckline with a straight stitch, as seen below.

    The length of my ribbing was about 2 inches shorter than the neck hole, so I pinned it evenly and then pulled the ribbing in between pins as I sewed. This achieved a nice tight neckline. If your ribbing is the same length and isn't pulled tight when sewn, the neckline will be wavy and loose.

  • How to make a top. Polo Refashion - Step 8
    Step 8

    Press the neckline flat and then sew around the neckline with a wide straight stitch just below the ribbing, as shown.

  • How to make a top. Polo Refashion - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold the raw ends of the ribbing down at an angle and pin, sewing over them to secure them in place as you sew that seam.

  • How to make a top. Polo Refashion - Step 10
    Step 10

    The front of your neckline will now look like this...

  • How to make a top. Polo Refashion - Step 11
    Step 11

    ...and the back will look like this.

  • How to make a top. Polo Refashion - Step 12
    Step 12

    try the shirt on and determine how much you want to take in on the sleeves and the sides. Then lay the shirt flat on the ground and pin in place. Then sew from the sleeve hem to the shirt hem with a straight stitch. Trim the seam allowance and serge or zigzag your raw edge (optional since knits don't fray).

  • How to make a top. Polo Refashion - Step 13
    Step 13

    press all your seams and you're done!

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