Long sleeved T-shirts can be turned into short sleeved T-shirts by simply cutting off the sleeves, but that often results in a sloppy shirt that becomes less of an asset to the wardrobe. The use of long sleeved shirts that are torn at the elbows can be extended, and the shirts can be made useful to those who do not like the long sleeves, through this transformation. This article will look at how to turn long sleeved T-shirts into short sleeved T-shirts that look good.
The two aspects of cutoff long sleeved T-shirts are the cloth itself rolling and the angle the sleeve is cut at being off. Regardless of how well the sleeve is cut, the material will roll outwards. The rolled end will not unravel and will hold the material as a normal hem. The atypical look goes well with shirts that are customized to look atypical of an ordinary T-shirt. If the rolled end is undesirable, the T-shirt sleeve can be hemmed to look similar to an ordinary T-shirt sleeve.
The sleeve will also need to be cut at a good angle. What looks like a straight angle spread out always ends up lopsided, because the sleeve length has to conform to the body. Rather than guess, simply copy a working model. Get a T-shirt that fits well, and spread the T-shirt on top of the long sleeved T-shirt, lining up the shoulder seams, to get the proper angle. Then cut the long sleeved T-shirt sleeve at that angle, leaving about an inch of cloth to allow for rolling of the cloth or for a hem. Fold the cut sleeve and line it up with the other sleeve to know where to cut the second sleeve. After the sleeves are cut, hem them if desired. Save the cutoff sleeves for other DIY crafts.
You now have a cutoff short sleeved T-shirt from a long sleeved T-shirt. By cutting long sleeved T-shirts to short sleeves, you save money by not having to buy new T-shirts and make use of shirts that are not likely to be otherwise worn.