Hot! Bringing my Twin Peaks Tee Back to Life

Pardon the delay in getting my Weekly Creation post out — I went to work today instead of yesterday and also forgot to bring my camera. Expect it tonight or tomorrow morning. In the meantime, here is a sort of a "vintage" project I did over the weekend.


This project can be considered vintage since I bought this Twin Peaks shirt about twenty years (!) ago at a Camp Beverly Hills shop in the Topanga Plaza. Even though I was only thirteen years old, I was a big fan of the show. Well, this shirt has always had a place in my heart and has survived countless moves and life events. It's been relegated to a sleep shirt, though.

Fast forward to this past weekend when I was packing for my first ever camping trip and I suddenly realized that I pretty much have no casual clothes anymore. In theory, I would have loved to dress in the 1950s camper style, but I actually wanted to be practical. So out came this shirt, my scissors and sewing machine. In twenty minutes I managed to resurrect this shirt by folding over and stitching the collar, cutting the sleeves, gathering them and reattaching them and stitching up the side seams. I was pretty happy with the outcome!


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Wow! Awesome job! I am currently thinking of revamping some old t-shirts also… Most t-shirt recons are basic, but yours turned out so feminine and chic with the gathered sleeves! Now if I could just figure out a way to revamp my old t-shirts that are too small ( as in too short… as in almost cropped!)

  2. Wow, if I knew how to sew I’d have a whole new (old?) tee wardrobe using this method. Cool!

  3. Fabulous! Would you be able to do a more detailed tutorial for this for the less seasoned sewers please? I have a very unflattering Elvis Costello t-shirt that I would love to jazz up!

  4. I would love more details about this, too!! I have so many beloved mens/oversized t-shirts that I never wear anymore but don’t want to get rid of…

  5. That tshirt is so great! I looove Twin Peaks. I am glad you will be able to wear it in public in its new incarnation.

  6. I’ve done this with my unisex company branded polos and just traced an existing shirt to get the right fit. I’m curious to know more about what you did with the neck. On the polo shirts I obviously left the neck alone, but I like a wider t-shirt neckline and I can’t tell exactly what you did to achieve that.

  7. I would love a tutorial on how to do this!

  8. Another vote for a tutorial!! I have a stack of unused but much loved tees that could use a revamp!