How To Make A Sleeveless Shirt

Norcross Aug 17th, 2014Life Stuff

Summer is winding down (for some it’s already gone) and that means a few things. For me, one of those things is the Florida humidity. For those who aren’t familiar, it’s nasty. Some days it’ll hit 90% humidity. And that means sweat. I don’t care what antiperspirant you use, it’s almost useless after a few minutes. The sweat means many of my t-shirts get ruined under the arms. But since I work at home, those shirts don’t have to go to waste. I simply slice off the sleeves and I now have a collection of “work” shirts that are still comfortable and can be worn in public if the need arises. Yes, I said public. Remember that (a) I live in Florida and (b) don’t really care that much.

Making a sleeveless shirt isn’t just a few cuts and you’re done. At least if you want it done right. So in the public interest, I’ve decided to give y’all a step by step walk through.

Step 1: Prepare The Shirt

oh WordCamp San Diego, I'll always remember you

Lay out the shirt on a flat surface.

Yes, inside out.
Turn it inside out and make sure the sleeves are spread out.

Step 2: Prepare The Sleeves

Yes, I know that is somewhat gross. That's Florida for ya

From the edge of the sleeve, make numerous cuts down to the seam line. The more the merrier, but make sure you at least cut down the seam on the sleeve itself. You’ll want to make sure that the pieces can be laid flat and don’t have any curve in them.

Step 3: Cut The Strips

The first cut is the deepest.

Now cut each strip off, getting as close to the main seam as possible. It helps to hold the strip and pull slightly avoid any bunching. It also helps to have smaller scissors, as larger ones tend to be awkward to move around.

Step 4: Clean The Seams

See how clean that is??

You’ll want to take the edge of the scissors and run the edge along the seam to remove and stragglers. Anything left over will be annoying and potentially cause it to unravel later.

Step 5: Repeat As Needed

Symmetry is beautiful

You have two sleeves. So do this twice.


Ignore the tattoos. The sleeve is what matters here.

And there you have it. A sleeveless shirt to wear around the house doing chores or at your next formal event.

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