Contrasting Sleeve Top (Tutorial)

Remember that floral shirt that I used for this refashion last week? Well, it’s back for another fun refashion today. 
I’ve been inspired by all the contrasting sleeved tops out there right now, so I gave it a go.  Like last week’s contrasting pocket refashion, it takes a plain shirt up a notch. In fact, with the ruched and slightly puffed sleeves, it makes this plain Target tee a little fancy shmancy. Date night material, if you ask me. 
  • Two (2) shirts
  • matching thread
  • seam ripper
Step 1. With a seam ripper, remove the sleeves of both shirts. 

Step 2. With right sides together, pin the sleeve to the shirt and sew around the arm hole with a straight stitch.

 Step 3. serge or zigzag the seam allowance.

Repeat on the other sleeve and you’re done! 
As always, comment or email me with any questions! Happy sewing!


  1. Oh, I LOVE this. Totally stealing this idea… Thanks for the inspiration! x

  2. So easy! I love the 'puffed' sleeve and the floral fabric. Totally pinning!


  3. What a cute idea! I love the way it turned out, and it doesn't seem too complicated to re-create, thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Jessica says:

    Very cute! I also have a random question, what brand of jeans are you wearing?

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  5. Hanna says:

    Oh, this is so up my alley! I'm not a t-shirt kinda gal, but this end result looks so girly and cute. I love it!

  6. Mindy says:

    Very clever! And that way the sleeves are guaranteed to fit! (I've always had trouble with sewing pattern sleeves). This would probably work on sleeveless as well, right?

  7. Amazing. Love the puffed sleeve look. It's great to be able to change up a shirt that you like and turn it into a new, exciting piece all together!

  8. Julie says:

    What a fabulous idea! Love the result!

    xoxo, Julie @ OBSESSED
    Enter my Firmoo giveaway!

  9. Hillary says:

    This is so fabulous and not expensive- Love it!

  10. Lindsay says:

    So simple but so cute! I love your jeans, too — and I'm totally jealous that you're wearing sandals. I've been missing mine!

  11. Oh goodness. So cute, and so simple!!

  12. samandro22 says:

    Wow, you always make so much cute stuff! Did you put the gray sleeves on the floral shirt, or did you just leave it as a tank top? I could see the floral being super cute as a tank.

  13. Toni Barsi says:

    Those printed sleeves are adorable! I've done this with toddler shirts before when I was making a baseball style shirt, but I never though to try it for my self. Awesome job!

  14. Tara says:

    I'm drooling on my laptop right now! I SERIOUSLY love this, how simple and yet so dramatically cute!! Can you tell I never make anything for myself–just my children? Maybe THAT needs to be the next sewing challenge: sew ONLY for yourself for like a month! LOL!

  15. 3girls1apple says:

    Man ur like a freaking genius!!! The things on here are amazingly good. I own a sewing machine but my patience are not so good when sewing. Keep it up =)

  16. CNote says:

    Brillant!! you think this could work on cardigans where the sleeves are too tight for my arms???

  17. Catherine says:

    Love this tutorial – – am definitely going to try one of these.

    What brand of jeans are you wearing – – they are exactly what I need.


  18. Christine Willy says:

    Cute…very cute!

Leave a Reply