2/11/12

My Zipper Tee DIY tutorial...Tshirt Recycle

Supplies: Zipper 22 inches or so...
old tshirt or 1 yard fabric.




 I am all about casual style, but usually like something to separate my tee from everyone elses. This started in middle school when I took my first sewing class and from their I was refashioning the family's "giveaway pile."

Here is one I designed back then that I recreated for a tutorial. I wanted to share it because it's quite easy, yet still looks amazing! I've never seen anything like it...enjoy!


For this zipper: I know they have double zippers, but they go the other way so you will have to make it like i did. I had a 22 inch one (you can get these at any fabric store). I needed another side so I pried the little stoppers off the end and pulled another zip through...so now it's double sided. All I had was a black zipper, but they have some cool colors (neon pink, mint, corals, etc).


You can use an old tshirt, it doesn't matter what size. Cut the neck ribbing and shoulder/sleeve seams as shown here. You will probably have to cut the sleeves to fit with the length of the zipper or adjust the zipper length if you don't want to finish the sleeves again. You can also cut sleeves off of mens tshirt and it usually fits about right...


If you use fabric: I used a light jersey cotton with a nice drape. I cut 2 pieces of fabric at 22 inches wide (as wide as the zipper). If you want to finish the edges add a 1/4 inch seam allowance. It is 40 inches long to add a cinched waist.


If the fabric is light, I would suggest ironing interfacing to the edges so it wont wave from the zipper.
Sew (front and back)  right sides together starting at either end.

Sew the side seams if you used your own fabric. Then cinch the waist like I did here. This will give the shirt some shape.


87 comments:

  1. This is fantastic, I have tons of zippers stashed away, I think I may have to make something like this.
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  2. Gorgeous!! Your blog is so inspirational

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  3. omg how CUTE! i loveeee it. i want to try this.

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  4. this zipper detail is gr8! i love the colors as well u are a true designer

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  5. This is absolutely gorgeous! I'll have to try it!
    If I do, I'll probably post pictures on my blog - giving you credit of course!
    All your DIY's are amazing :)

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  6. Love this!! How do you get that cinching at the bottom of the shirt?

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  7. cinched waist i here. http://www.trashtocouture.com/2011/12/dolman-tee-better-directions.html

    thanks everyone!!!

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  8. I love this tutorial and wanted to let you know that I featured it on my blog today.
    http://sewinspirations.blogspot.com/2012/03/zipper-neck.html
    Happy Sewing
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  9. I love this shirt! I have a zipper I bought and I am going to give this a try.
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  10. This is too genius. Love it so much! I'll have to try it.
    - Kat

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  11. I made one and it turned out great! Thanks for the instructions!

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  12. Girl, you should be on Project Runway.

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  13. Wow! That is awesome! Great idea. Thank you for sharing them! I need to do some tutorials on my blog.
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  14. J'aime bien cette idée et beaucoup d'autres ! La seule question c'est autour du cou ça doit gêner un peu, non ?
    Je vais quand même essayer j'ai plein de fermetures éclairs

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  15. Just made one of these! got the tutorial from here and i absolutely love it and got so many compliments. very unique thanks for the diy!

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  16. This is SO pretty, definitely going to try <3

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  17. could this idea be used on a sweat shirt

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    1. Yes, you do the zipper on the shoulder seams neckline nd stop at the sleeve seam.

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    2. Thanks will give a try.looks so darling

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  18. Hi Laura,

    I'm soooooo new to sewing. As a matter of fact this will be my first project with clothes. How do you sew the zipper on? I looked at the tutorial a few times and couldn't really figure out how exactly to work that out. Thanks

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  20. I can't wait to try this...FIESTA :)

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  21. Ur so inspirating! Nice work! ;)x

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  22. This is such a great idea! Way to revolutionize zipper projects. Loving the tip on adding interfacing to lighter fabric. :)

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