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DIY Knit Woven Mix Top

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This no sew t-shirt refashion gives you the opportunity to combine two different tops into one fashionable look. Use a knit cotton t-shirt and a woven cotton men’s button down shirt to make this DIY knit woven mix top.

Have you ever combined two different fabrics into one stylish look? Take an opportunity to explore the possibilities of fabric mixing. 

DIY knit woven mix top before and after
DIY knit woven mix top before and after

T-shirts are the easiest piece to begin practicing with. Start with the best t-shirt upcycle ideas because there are a variety of fun ways to cut a shirt and make it into something new.

This DIY knit woven mix top is just the beginning of the journey. From sewing for beginners to no sew hacks, we cover many easy projects for you to try out.

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For this DIY knit woven mix top, the fabrics are both made of cotton. Even though the manufacturing process is different, the raw material remains the same. As a result, the two cotton fabrics respond similarly when washed and cared for.

In this project, you will learn the basics of fabric mixing. From color choices to print patterns, we take a balanced approach in this simple no sew tutorial. 

Back view of the diy knit woven mix top

With the mass production of clothing, few people take the opportunity to make there own clothes with a personalized touch. Follow along with these tutorials and make your own upcycled clothing with these DIY fashion favorites.

Front view of the diy knit woven mix top.
Yield: 1 Knit Woven Mix Top

DIY Knit Woven Mix Top

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $5.00

Upcycle a diy knit woven mix top by following this no sew tutorial. Combine the two different fabrication into one unique top. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and you can quickly refashion the beginners project.

This knit woven mix top is perfect to wear on a casual Friday or also a vacation getaway. Furthermore, pair this upcycle top with skinny jeans and ballet flats for business casual look. The styling options are endless when it comes to this unique design.

Materials

  • Long Sleeve T-shirt
  • Men’s Button-down Shirt
  • Fabric Glue

Tools

  • Fabric Chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Measure 5” up from the hemline of the button-down shirt and mark with chalk.
    measure down the front of the knit top from the high point on the shoulder.
    Cut the side seams open and cut along the chalk mark to separate the pieces. 
    Measure up from the bottom hemline of the woven top
  2. Turn the striped t-shirt over, and then measure 6” down from the neckband. Cut open the side seams, follow along the armhole and also across the new yoke line. 
    Cut the back piece of the knit top.
  3. Back to the button-down shirt. Measure 16” up from the hemline and mark with chalk. Open the side seams and cut along the line.
    Measure and cut the back piece of the woven shirt.
  4. Next, measure the bottom opening and mark the half point. Lay the button-down shirt pieces together and match the front center of the t-shirt. Glue the placket first, and then glue the hemline to attach the woven fabric to the knit.
    Attach the bottom front piece from the woven shirt to the front of the knit top with fabric glue.
  5. Fold the back woven piece in half and mark the center with chalk. Open the fabric, measure 1” on both sides, and then mark with chalk. Fold both sides towards the center and glue to secure.
    Lay the back piece of the woven shirt over the back piece of the knit top.
  6. Lay the back piece of the woven shirt onto the back of the knit t-shirt. Then, draw the armhole with a chalk mark by following the armhole and side seam of the t-shirt.
    Pro tip: Make sure to draw the new side seam for the front piece as well. Cut along the side seams and armhole.
    Mark with fabric chalk the excess fabric of the woven shirt back piece.
  7. Fold the side seams inward and glue to attach the back side seams. Glue along the armhole of  the t-shirt by folding the back piece ¼” and attaching. Add glue along the yoke line and fold inwards to attach the woven piece to the knit fabric. 
    Cut the excess woven shirt fabric.

Notes

For this t-shirt upcycle, I mixed a 100% cotton cropped knit tee with a 100% cotton woven men's button-down shirt.

Cotton was easy to work with in this design. In addition, when washed, the two fabrics respond similarly without one shrinking or discoloring more than the other.

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How to make a diy knit woven mix top by combining a knit shirt with a woven shirt.
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