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Today we have a fast, easy costuming option for the Harry Potter fans out there.
Originally created in 2006 for a Craftster Swap, I’m breaking this tutorial out today for anyone that might not have a costume in mind, or, like me, might need something a wee bit cooler to wear come Halloween!
The best part about this project is that you can sew it by hand if you don’t have a machine or use a serger to finish it even faster!
1 red t-shirt
1 black t-shirt in the same size and style as the red t-shirt
fabric paint in red, green, blue, yellow, white and gold
Find the center of each shirt by folding in half towards the front and matching the sleeves.
Mark the top and the bottom with a pin.
If using a rotary cutter, this is your cutting line.
If using a straight edge, draw a pencil line from top to bottom.
Cut as straight as possible.
Select the red shirt right (right side when the shirt is worn) and black shirt left and carefully remove the sleeves from each side of the shirt using a seam ripper. Be very careful to not stretch the fabric.
Swap the sleeves so that red sleeve is with black shirt piece and the black sleeve is with red.
Turn the shirt half you are working on inside out and place the sleeve, right side out inside the
sleeve hole (right sides will be together), matching the top and bottom creases. Pin the sleeve in place, being careful not to stretch the fabric.
Using a serger or a stretch stitch on your sewing machine, stitch in a 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam all the way around.
If stitching by hand, take small stitches.
Repeat for second sleeve.
Shirt Body Reconstruction
Place one shirt half inside the other, right sides together so that the wrong sides of the seam lines will be on the outside. You will have two seams, a front seam and a back seam.
Carefully pin every few inches starting at the t-shirt ribbing and work your way down, trying not to stretch the fabric.
If the bottoms hems do not meet, pin the bottom edges together and ease along the middle of the shirt (t-shirts can be really wonky, but you can make it work!).
Carefully stitch along this line as for the sleeves.
Snip the corners of the inside seams on the diagonal.