Oversized Tee Makeover Idea for Non-sewers

This is a very simple making-over/fitting idea of a T-shirt for those who don’t know to sew and to measure. This idea is useful for making over an oversized men’s Tee into a casual ladies Tee.

Oversized Tee Makeover Idea for Non-sewersNamaste Dear Tantu Enthusiast!

Hope you are doing well. Being creative means, seeing things differently to make unique things. Creative work may need a lot of work. Today I have a DIY idea that needs almost nil work/skill. This Tutorial is for non-sewers.

Old Tee to MakeoverI had this attractive red coloured cotton Tee of my brother which he used just once or twice. I liked the design and colour of it and kept it for any possible use. You know, I find every bit useful as you have read making of Multipurpose Organiser last week. Then I got this idea of makeover.

When I did this work, Tantu was just in thoughts… Luckily, I had clicked some photos that I am showing you. Please bear with the poor clarity as I was not steady with the camera then.

Difficulty Level:     Extremely easy

Time required:      5-15 minutes

Expenditure:         Very less

Requirements for Tee Makeover:

  • T-shirt to be upcycled
  • Contrasting coloured shirt buttons   6
  • Matching colour sewing thread and a hand sewing needle
  • Scissors

How to Makeover Tee?

  1. Roll the sleeves up neatly and evenly.
    Roll up the Sleeves
  2. Take threaded hand sewing needle. Sew a button at the rolled sleeve top as shown. This button placing point would be the centre of the sleeve where front and back bodice parts join.Hand sew button over the rolled sleeve
  3. Tack the rolled sleeve at regular intervals so as to avoid it from opening.
  4. Note waist location. Here it is almost midway from armpit to the Tee bottom hem. If you are not sure, you can measure 35-40cm from the shoulder. Or you can use a fitted bodice/kameez/top as reference.
  5. At the waist (on the side seam), make some pleats (folds) at both the sides of the side seam. Sew two buttons at about 5cm (2inch) distance to lock the pleats.Pleats at waist fixed with buttons
  6. Tee is ready to wear in a new look!

T-shirt in New Look


Instead of sewing buttons at the waist, you can also accessorize it with an emphasizing belt.


Being creative is so easy! I hope that this T-shirt makeover idea may be useful for someone who doesn’t know to sew. Please do let me know if at all you find this tutorial helpful

… Awaiting your responses.

Take care! Bye until the next post!



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A nature lover and dreamer who expresses herself as an artist, fashion designer and blogger. Persued B.Sc fashion design at Karavali College (Mangaluru University 2003 - 2006) with first rank. Former lecturer for fashion designing at Gloria College, Puttur for five years (2006-2011). Blogger since 2013.


  1. A simple but clever idea, Sindhu! 🙂

  2. This is an idea I really like! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Wow, clever. And you make it look almost easy.

  4. We’re going to give this one a try :).

  5. Wow Sindhu, this is soooo useful tip… thanx a million bunch dear. ..

  6. very cute idea! 🙂 ❤ <3

  7. Wat a cool idea and u have a stylish look to that top.. Awesome Sindhu

  8. Wonderful tips Sindhu.

  9. So simple yet imaginative.. 🙂

  10. Smart Idea !

  11. Great idea Sindhoooo!

  12. Very good concept indeed. A little sew here n there can transform a plain vanilla shirt into a designerwear.

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