Mar 06, 2014 | Post by: Meghan

T-Shirt Challenge #1: Edgy Black Tee

For my first t-shirt challenge, I decided to go a bit edgy. I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration. I saw a plain t-shirt with leather sleeves that I thought looked super cool. The leather sleeves really jazz up the shirt. I was so inspired by this look that I decided to use this style for my first t-shirt challenge!

Of course, I did not actually add real leather to my shirt. I went the pleather route because my local Joann’s had this is in stock. Just in case you forgot about my windowpane sweater, check it out here. I also removed sleeves from a sweater and replaced them with trendy windowpane fabric. Clearly I love removing sleeves from tops!

Trend: Leather Sleeve Shirts

{Photo Credit:  Cleverly Yours, Refined Style, Thank God I’m A Girl}

Add pleather sleeves to a plain t-shirt for instant edgy style! #DIY #happinessiscreaing


– Black T-Shirt

– Pleather (1/4 Yard)

– Straight Pins

– Scissors

– Sewing Machine

– Seam Ripper

Add pleather sleeves to a plain t-shirt for instant edgy style! #DIY #happinessiscreaing

{Step 1}: Remove your sleeves from your t-shirt. I started at the armpit and worked my way around.

{Step 2}: Fold your pleather in half length wise. Lay your folded sleeve on the fold of your pleather. Pin your sleeve to your fabric and cut. Repeat Step 2 and 3 with your other sleeve. Cut a half inch around your pattern. Do not cut the on the fold.

{Step 3}: With your pleather fabric facing down, fold the bottom edge of your sleeve over twice and pin. Once pinned, sew.

{Step 4}: Fold your sleeve in half so the nice side is on the inside. Sew the small left hand side on the arm. This is the only part you will sew.

{Step 5}: Turn your shirt inside out. With your sleeve turned right side out, slide it into the arm hole of your shirt and pin. Sew around both of your arm holes. That’s it! You now have an edgy trendy shirt!Add pleather sleeves to a plain t-shirt for instant edgy style! #DIY #happinessiscreaingc n

5 Comments to T-Shirt Challenge #1: Edgy Black Tee

  1. Jeanna
    March 9, 2014 10:27 am

    Love it!!! Great tutorial

  2. Heidrun
    April 1, 2014 2:08 am

    A great idea! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Linda Stafford
    January 24, 2015 8:28 am

    Meghan, any thoughts on adding woven fabric to the bottom of a tshirt? Do I need to add x width to allow for the stretch?

    Thank you

    • Meghan
      January 24, 2015 7:40 pm

      I love that idea, Linda! I would definitely add a few extra inches as the jersey will stretch a bit when you sew it. You don’t want to get to the end of your shirt and be short fabric! ;)

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