Classic T-Shirt Hack: Attached Belt

attached belt
Classic T-shirt with attached belt

For this hack, I tried to create a different silhouette by adding an attached belt to the Classic T-Shirt. The Classic T-Shirt is fitted around the bust but then flares towards the bottom. If you are well-endowed, this can somewhat distort your figure depending on the fabric you choose.

FIRST, I started with the short sleeve version of the Classic T-Shirt.

Classic T-shirt
Classic T-Shirt

SECOND,  I cut a piece of fabric to make the “belt” portion. It was between 4 inches, I believe. I made it long enough to tie in the back of the shirt.

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Belt fabric

THIRD, I folded in the ends, so I wouldn’t have any raw edges on the finished belt, and I sewed the edges down using a straight stitch.

hemming
Hemming

 

FOURTH, I placed the belt right sides facing each other and folded the fabric in half.

FIFTH, I sewed the long edge shut with a straight stitch.

SIXTH, Once the fabric was a tube, it was time to turn it right side out. I used a fabric turner to make life easier. 

SEVENTH, After turning the fabric. I sewed the short ends shut to make it look more finished.

EIGHTH, I pinned the belt to the front of the shirt in a location that would be right under the bust. I sewed this from side seam to side seam, using a straight stitch.

 NINTH, I sewed the belt down “in the groove” of the side seams, so things wouldn’t move around too much.
LAST, I just had to tie the shirt in the back. (My belt length got a little wonky on one side, so things aren’t even. Oops!)
front
Front view
back
Back view
The true test was putting it on myself because my mannequin and I do not have the same bust measurements. Thankfully, the belt fit where I wanted it, right under the bust line, which made the shirt look a bit more form-fitting.
Classic T-shirt with attached belt

If you want to add a belt to the Classic T-Shirt, head over to MammaCanDoIt and grab the pattern. This awesome pattern is available for children, women, and plus sizes. Happy sewing!

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