Refashion: DIY Color Block Tees


I wear a lot of jeans + tees these days. It is just my go-to mom wardrobe. Layering in my current climate is basically a no-go, so I like to wear tees with a little something to them. I saw two basic scoop neck tees and thought, hey now, I could take these bad boys and make two color block tees.



I started with two white stag scoop neck tees. They were cheap (under $5 each), readily available (at Walmart), had a reasonable scoop neckline (which as hard to find, I can assure you), and came in colors I liked.


I cut each shirt in half just under the sleeve with my handy rotary cutter.


I then swapped pieces and pinned.

Then, I sewed them together. I used a zig zag stitch on my simple machine. If you have access to a surger, I am sure it would work really well for this.



The total cost was less than $10 for two shirts. Not bad, if you ask me.

Easy. Peasy.

Have you refashioned anything lately? Leave a link to your project below!

33 comments:

  1. Cute! I really like the finished shirt and it looks great with that necklace!

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  2. Great idea. Been itching to do this for a while..

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  3. Wow. I love it! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Love these! You're totally right about scoop necklines. They are pretty hard to find. These are fantastic! Guess I'll be going back to walmart. I also like your necklace and am glad you're sewing! :)

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  5. Nice job, it turned out super cute!

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  6. Awesome idea! It's now on my Pinterest for later use!

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  7. what a fantastic idea!

    laurafornerphotography.blogspot.com

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  8. I LOVE this idea. I think I might have to try this!

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  9. This is fantastic! I'm seeing possibilities for shirts I'd written off!

    I just did a little refashioning here: http://everydayreading.blogspot.com/2012/01/goodwill-rescue.html

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  10. Love this idea... just need to do it with a friend who is the same size, cause otherwise I would feel like I had two of the same shirt.

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  11. okay this is impressive, and probably something even i could do. they look great!

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  12. I love this idea. {I think I start all my comments on your blog this same way...} I was thinking that if I ever got the courage to try it myself, I might use three t-shirts -- then you could switch them up so they all have different color combinations. But then you would have three color-block t-shirts; would that be too many?

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  13. Awesome!! Do you have any solutions for having that dress (link below) in a much cheaper way? I am in love with it but the price is scary!

    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?color=059&navAction=jump&id=23453269

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  14. Great idea. I am no in a much warmer climat now as well (from Utah to So Cal) and I'm melting. It's hard to wear clothes let alone looking cut and stylish in my matronly jeans and t-shirts. I love the re-fashion to add some interest and I love the necklace.

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  15. what a great idea! They look awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I did it and love it!! Thanks again!! http://replicatethendeviate.blogspot.com/2012/02/quick-color-blocking.html

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  17. oh what a cute idea! will have to try :)

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  18. I did it this afternoon, I'm in love with my new t-shirts ! A big thanks from France !!!

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  19. Oh em gee, this is so cute. I will have you know that these tees can be found at your local Dollar Tree for $1 all colors. I was interested in the scalloped bottom.

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  20. Very nice. I love color blocking!

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  21. Madeline....Your blog is awesome!! I've been following it for a while now, but I actually got around to try this project last night. I love my new shirts, but I ended up with some puckering/pointy spots around the new horizontal seam. How did you get yours so smooth looking?

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    1. I used a wide zigzag stitch and it helped, I think. The best thing to use would be a serger, if only I had one!

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    2. Ah! the zig zag stitch...I did not pay attention to that part. Thanks!

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  22. Wow what a terrific idea. Need to find a couple of shirts to play with this week.

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  23. I LOVE these tops!! I am so going to make some for myself. They look easy enough that I won't ruin anything. :)

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  24. do it with three shirts and switch up the bottoms and tops and it wont seem like you have 2 of the same shirts!

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  25. Would be cute as well if top half was lace, but would be twice the work. Love it anyway!

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  26. I tried this with three t-shirts and it came out amazing. Thank you for the idea. When I write about this on my blog, I'll definitely link to here.

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