Super easy way to glam up a simple shirt… tabs!

 Cut three strips of fabric 5″x2.5″

 Fold in half, sew along each edge at 1/2″. Snip corners and turn right side out and iron. 
 With your shirt wrong-side out, place the folded edge of the tab on the outside of the shirt where you want it. 

 Bring the raw edge of the tab over and line the short edges up and pin.
 Front side
Stitch down in a little square along the edge and you’re done!
I also took in the sides- you can see I had to figure out the fit a couple times. πŸ˜›
Trim the seam allowance

And I have a new wearable shirt! Only took about 20 minutes to do it all, too- and that included trying the shirt on 6 times. πŸ˜€

16 thoughts on “|~ Tabby”

  1. Olivia,

    I just got your swim e'book and have been day dreaming lots of suits and I remembered this post and thought….what if??? Could this work on one of your swim suit options? This is a raglan shirt? I didn't notice till looking closely to figure it out, but the way the stripes meet makes me think it is. Have you seen this blog? Creative Chicks?

    See this shirt here for what I am trying to explain

    The blog has some helpful swim suit techniques in sewing…I am trying to figure out how to do the elastic in the seam to make the rouching. (I used to have abs as flat as yours till I had babies, now we have a bit of a rouching need.)

    But check it, this top, boat neck and everything, with sewing the one drape side,then putting your bow tabbie on the opposite side of the drape. Oh my I am getting way too excited for 12:27 at night.

    If I can snatch a minute of your time, tell me what you think of this idea and by all means, use it too if you want, the tabbie is all your idea!

    I need to ask you did you do a rolled hem for your cute polka-dotted suit on the neck or did you put in some elastic? And is that slight triangle dip (so cute) in the pattern line you show on view A, or did you emphasize it down more when you made it?

    thanks. Emily (

    1. Hello! Your comment made me smile! I love being excited about sewing projects. πŸ˜€

      Oh, that sounds so pretty! This shirt is a reglan style but I think the tabs would work with even just a more pronounced (but still narrow so no straps show) boatneck.

      I haven't seen that site before, thanks for sharing! The rouching looks like an awesome idea. I've never done bonifide rouching before, so I can't really give many tips. You might try elastic thread like at the bottom of this tute:
      But I'm not sure how sturdy that would be, so maybe you could just stretch the elastic as you sew it to the side seam? That's what I usually do to get a rouch effect.
      Another thing I do is just sew gather either side of the seam up and then sew it together gathered, if that makes sense. Hopefully I'll be posting a swimsuit soon that uses that technique.

      As far as the neckline of the polkadot suit goes, I cut it down about 1" from view A. It's just a once-rolled hem, since spandex doesn't fray. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for sharing your idea! Hopefully I answered your questions. πŸ™‚

  2. I love your blog! A friend introduced me to you today and it's really awesome that you're dressed so beautifully and modestly. πŸ™‚ I've been starting to "refashion" my clothes and this is some great inspiration.
    -Brittney J.

  3. I LOVE YOUR STUFF!!! I grew up in a church were everybbody wears jumpers and such, and it gets boring!!!! I'm trying to find modest cool stuff to wear and you have great ideas and tips!!! thanks for being willling to share all this!! πŸ™‚

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