Nov 25, 2018

Men's Henley to Women's Tunic

Recently, my daughter and her family came to visit for the holidays.  She brought with her a dress that needed a bit of alterations.  Specifically, it needed some fabric added to the backside of some lace to make it modest.  I happened to have a navy blue t-shirt top that had been in my stash for a while.  I had always meant to do something with it, but never got around to it.  In anticipation of fabric needed, I also grabbed out of my stash, a men's henley t-shirt incase the first t-shirt wasn't going to work.  Well, the first t-shirt did work.  I cut off the bottom half of the shirt, which left the top embroidered piece untouched.  After all of the holiday company left, I decided I wanted a little sewing perk.  Looking at the two pieces, I decided they would work together to make a fun tunic.

I made cuts as shown below to the men's henley.  The bottom half of the sleeves were cut and reattached to become a better length.  The straight cuts up the sides left enough width to be comfortable at the hips and to provide a dropped shoulder.  I didn't even cut a curved armhole.  I just stitched the straight cut of the sleeve to the straight cut of the body, matching the center of the sleeve to the shoulder seam.  After that, I stitched up the side seams.