Here are directions for turning a boring t-shirt into something more feminine and trendy, originally posted on the Galblog last April. I've seen tons of similar styles in stores lately, and noticed lots of tutorial cropping up all over the interweb.
Your materials: long-sleeved t-shirt, shears, disappearing pen, needle and matching thread, differently sized circles for tracing.
Step 1: Cut off the sleeves to your shirt. I like a cute cap sleeve; you might want to use a shirt that has sleeves you like to help you decide where to cut. I just eyeballed it, then lined up the first cut sleeve on top of the second to make sure they'd match.
Step 2: Trace your circles using disappearing ink onto your cut-off sleeves. I traced each size twice, then stacked the sleeves and cut through all 4 layers at one, ending with 8 circles of each of the 3 sizes.
Step 3: Layer your circles from smallest to biggest. Notice how messy my cuts are? It doesn't matter one bit!
Step 4 (optional): Make a hat for a cute baby from the remainder of the cut off sleeve. Get totally distracted from project and admire cute baby in cute hat...
Step 5: Find a shirt with a neckline that you like--square, boat, and v-neck all work well. Line up the shoulder seams and trace the neckline onto your t-shirt, then cut it off.
Step 6: Realize other baby needs his hat.
Step 7: Pick up a stack of circles and pinch through all 3 layers, then secure with a few tight stitches, and tie a knot.
Here's the back...
...and the front:
Repeat with remaining stacks:Step 8: Arrange on your t-shirt until you like the design. I ended up sewing the flowers on straight across instead. You can see that I sewed the cut edges of the sleeves and neckline with a zig-zag stitch. Not necessary, but cute nonetheless.
Here's the completed shirt--
And another I made the same way:
Here is the tutorial that inspired me, and here's a recent tutorial at HeyJenRenee.
Let me know if you have questions!