Fashion DIY: Spice Up a Men’s Shirt With Gathers

Today I show you in an easy DIY tutorial what to make of old men’s shirts. A little time ago I have “saved” some shirts from my husband from the collection of old clothes and now it was time to let them “go” or do something with them. I’ve decided on the second option and now I am very satisfied with the final result.

Material And Tools – For This DIY Project You Need

  1. Men’s shirt
  2. Rubber band (I have taken two different widths (a thin for the sleeves and width for the waist)
  3. Scissors
  4. Pins
  5. Sewing, or sewing machine

DIY Tutorial: The Step-By-Step Craft Instructions

DIY Step 1

Pull-on the shirt and mark your shoulder width temporarily with pins.

DIY Step 2

Cut two approximately 30 cm (12 inches) long, thin rubber bands for the sleeves and a wide rubber band for the waist.

DIY Step 3

Turn the shirt’s inside out and attach the rubber bands with pins from the previously marked shoulder width along the sleeves. I left about 10 cm (4 inches) from the cuff, so I can roll it up later.

DIY Step 4

Now fix the rubber for the gathers on the backside temporarily with pins.

DIY Step 5

Sew all rubber bands by stretching them.

TIP: For both sleeves, you will need some patience and attention. This could potentially be difficult due to a lack of space in the sleeves. In my case, it worked without unraveling the sleeves. If your sewing machine needs more space, you have to unravel the seams and sew them together later. DONE!

DIY Tutorial – Final Result “Men’s Shirt With Gathers”

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