My little man is obsessed with long sleeves. He wants to wear them every. day. The only problem is he has a lot more short sleeve shirts, especially since it is between 75 and 90 degrees here on a daily basis.
As a compromise I decided that I would make some of his short sleeve shirts into long sleeve shirts. However the condition would be that the sleeves had to be mesh. A bit lighter than cotton knit but still, sleeves.
It occurred to me that this could also be a good thing for those who live in cooler climates as well. You know, instead of packing away t-shirts for fall and winter, which inevitably be too small by the time spring comes, you could add some long sleeves and make those shirts last all winter long!
This method isn't too difficult. Pretty easy to just jump in and do it!
- Long Sleeved Shirt for sizing
- Short Sleeved Shirt to add sleeves to
- 1/2 Yard Knit Material
- Matching Thread
- Ruler, Rotary Mat, and Rotary Cutter
1. Take a long-sleeve shirt with sleeves the length you are looking to make and lay it out.
2. Then take the short-sleeve shirt that you want to add sleeves on.
3. Lay the short-sleeved shirt on top of long-sleeved shirt, matching up the shoulder points, collar and sides.
4. Measure the distance from the sleeve edge of the short-sleeve shirt to the sleeve edge of the long-sleeved shirt. Add 2" to measurement.
5. Measure the width of the sleeve near the edge of the short-sleeved shirt. Double the measurement and add 2".
6. Measure the width of the sleeve near the sleeve edge of the long-sleeved shirt. Double the measurement and add 1".
7. From your yardage cut out 2 "tumbler" shaped rectangles to be your sleeves.
Length should equal the measurement you ended with on step 4.
The top width (green tape in pic) should equal the measurement from step 5.
The bottom width (pink tape in pic) should equal the measurement from step 6.
8. Finish the edges of the sleeve fabric with a serge stitch or zig-zag finish.
9. Fold sleeves in half, lengthwise, right sides together, and stitch with a 5/8" seam allowance.
10. Turn up the bottom of the sleeve for a 1" hem.
11. Stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance.
12. Cut off 1" from the edge of the short-sleeved shirt.
13. Turn short-sleeved shirt inside out.
14. Turn sleeve piece right side. out.
15. Lining up the lengthwise seam of your sleeve with the bottom seam of your short-sleeved shirt sleeve, place the sleeve piece inside the short sleeve. Hem of sleeve should be inside shirt and the top of the sleeve piece should be pinned to the edge of the short-sleeve shirt.
16. Pin sleeves to one another.
16. Stitch sleeves together with a 5/8" seam allowance. Finish the edge of the short-sleeved shirt.
17. Pull sleeve out and press seam down towards sleeve hem.
18. To finish you can edge stitch around the sleeve seams. This is optional.
And tada! A short sleeved shirt is now longer! Little man told me, "You did a Beautiful job with this shirt! It is just wonderful!"
He loves his long-sleeved shirt!
He felt it was very important to include a picture of this car, hence the serious face.