Men’s T-shirt Up-cycled Into A Ladies Vest And Scarf…

On my re-cycle/up-cycle re-fashion challenge I was very pleased with the out come of this t-shirt my son brought but never wore much and gave it me to clear out. I made a man’s t-shirt into a ladies vest and scarf!!

What you need~

  • T-shirt with a rolled neck
  • Sharp scissors 

What I did~

  • Cut both sleeve off just below the inside of the seams (as above).
  • Cut around the neckline (as above).
  • Pull the material softly to make a curl effect.
  • I cut the back a little lower.
  • Cut the end circles off the sleeves where the material is doubled, cut along the seam out so to make long strips and tie the ends (as below).
  • Place the strips behind both arm holes on the back and tie together at the front of the back (as 2 pictures down).

Vest all done…


  • Cut, level and cut the seam that was left on from the t-shirt off.
  • Cut in upwards strips as far up as you would like.
  • Pull softly to make them curl slightly.
  • Tie a double knot in every other 2 so not to rip any more. 

What do you think?

I loved doing this with t-shirts, and it looks so different.

No t-shirt is safe now!!

I will be refashioning a few now…

Claire Justine
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  1. Margarett Murphy
    12th March 2014 / 8:07 pm

    Yes i do like that !!! very interesting combo!! works very well..hope your son sends more your way….

    • Clairejustine oxox
      13th March 2014 / 2:29 pm

      Aww thanks, ha yes I need more t-shirts 🙂

  2. Please may I?
    12th March 2014 / 8:21 pm

    It looks fab and thats a great use of something destined or the clothes bin. Can't wait to see it being worn.X x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      13th March 2014 / 2:30 pm

      Thanks, with the way the weather is going, it might be sooner than I though, lovely again today 🙂

  3. Joanna Pabel
    12th March 2014 / 8:45 pm


    • Clairejustine oxox
      13th March 2014 / 2:30 pm

      Thanks Joanna 🙂

  4. Leovi
    12th March 2014 / 9:47 pm

    I fun! A good transformation!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      13th March 2014 / 2:30 pm

      Thanks Leovi 🙂

  5. Kezzie
    12th March 2014 / 10:05 pm

    I love this! It reminds me of when I used to do the church holiday club/mission where when I first started doing it, everyone had t-shirts with the club logo on and my fashion-student friend upcycled hers in a similar way to make this super funky t-shirt!x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      13th March 2014 / 2:33 pm

      Oh wow, you gave me another great idea. I just done one for running, with a charity t-shirt I got from last years marathon. Mine will stand out to now 🙂

  6. SarahMummy
    14th March 2014 / 11:15 am

    It looks fabulous! I don't know whether I'd be brave enough. I guess I could practice on something very cheap in case I made a real mess of it!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      14th March 2014 / 5:38 pm

      Thanks for the comment Sarah, yes practice on something old or cheap, I was very suprised how much of a difference it made, I've done 3 upto yet ,,,haha 🙂

  7. 14th March 2014 / 11:53 am

    You are so clever Claire, I have absolutely no skill with scissors or thread – struggle to put a button on!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      14th March 2014 / 5:39 pm

      Aww thanks Emma, was just a quick makeover 🙂

  8. Debbie Stinedurf
    15th March 2014 / 12:34 pm

    Love the tee…the graphic is fabulous! I cut up t-shirts pretty often. It's an easy way to make something

    • Clairejustine oxox
      19th March 2014 / 8:53 pm

      Thanks Debbie, it is my new favourite hobbie now 🙂

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