Because not all t-shirts come with extra oomph.
While rummaging through my dresser, I came upon a bunch of old camp t-shirts with fun logos. I hated to get rid of them, since I have some fond memories attached, but the fit was just a tad too large to be cute. So what to do? REFASHION!
Side note: I'm not going to include it in the instructions, but I highly recommend hemming as you go; it'll give your garment a nice, finished, I-totally-bought-this-from-a-trendy-store-doncha-know look.
Side side note: I didn't take pictures while making this, since I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, so you get diagrams instead! :D
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From your secondary shirt, cut three strips of fabric about 18" to 20" long each. One needs to be sewn, as diagrammed, wherever you'd like your bust line to be. You can either put it just beneath your bust, as I did, or cinch it down towards your natural waist for a more traditional look.
Be sure to only sew through the top layer of fabric! Otherwise, you'll end up sewing your shirt closed and have to rip it all out again (and that's NEVER much fun!).
Using the t-shirt sleeves we opened earlier, arrange them so that the pre-hemmed edge (what was once the end of the sleeve) is facing inwards. The open, frayed ends that you cut off the shirt will be towards the exterior.
You'll need to measure to figure out where you want the sleeves to hit and end up (try on the shirt if you need to), but once you have it approximated, sew the edges of the sleeves to the top of the bodice to create new sleeves.