Long sleeve T-shirts can be made into sleeveless shirts. Sleeveless shirts made from long sleeved T-shirts are as good as those made from short sleeved shirts, with the only difference being what the shirt originally was. Therefore, long sleeved T-shirts that are ripped at the elbows can have their use extended as sleeveless shirts, and people who don’t like the feel of long sleeved T-shirts can save money on sleeveless shirts. This article will detail how to make long sleeved T-shirts into sleeveless shirts that look neat and are comfortable.
Try on the shirt first, to see where to cut. Shirts that fit comfortably can be cut at the seams, while baggier shirts may need to be cut back a bit from the seam. If the shirt is too baggy, it can also be customized. We will look at each option for cutting long sleeved T-shirts.
Leaving the seam on the shirt results in a sleeveless shirt that is neat, with small arm holes. Make a hole in the sleeve just outside the seam. Insert one blade of the scissors into the hole, and cut the sleeve off, cutting through a single layer of cloth and going around the entire sleeve. Repeat with the second sleeve, using the other shoulder seam as the guide. Leave about a sixteenth of an inch of sleeve to preserve the strength of the seam. The cloth will curl inwards naturally over time.
Taking the seam off the shirt results in deeper armholes and the cut-off look, but the shirt is more comfortable. Make a hole and cut around the sleeve as before, only on the inside of the seam. The cloth will curl under naturally, and the seam that runs along the top of the shoulder can be trimmed back to the length of the curled over cloth as it refuses to curl with the rest of the cloth.
Shirts that are baggier can be trimmed back on the shoulders to a length comparable to that of fitting shirts, but generally the armholes are a lot deeper. This is caused by the combination of the sleeve being wider and the cutting in at an angle removing the cloth that was holding the armhole up. For shirts that are very baggy, use a comfortable shirt as a guide, trim off the excess cloth on each side, and cut the armholes in accordance with the hem of the sleeve of the fitting shirt. If the fitting shirt is cutoff and curled, follow its angle but leave an extra inch of cloth to let curl over to the desired shape. Sew the sides together and the sleeveless shirt is complete. Save the sleeves for future crafts.
By turning long sleeved T-shirts into sleeveless shirts, money can be saved on sleeveless shirts (or short sleeved T-shirts for cutting) and otherwise unused or torn long sleeved shirts can be put to use. You now have comfortable sleeveless shirts that look good and will last for years.