Friday, May 29, 2009

shirt refashion

I found this men's dress shirt at the Saver's 50% off sale on Monday. The light blue fabric has tiny white stripes in it-- perfect for a summery blouse. It was a pretty easy refashion-- I cut the collar off, added an inverted pleat in the back to make the shoulders sit properly, cut the neckline and added pleats in the front, chopped and gathered the sleeves, and shortened and hemmed the bottom. (used this tutorial for inspiration).

It took me the better part of an afternoon, but that's because I had to take lots of breaks to take care of kids, feed the baby and do laundry. But really, it's practically an instant gratification project. Who doesn't love instant gratification?

I decided that I like refashioning a whole lot better than sewing from scratch. Call me crazy, but brand new fabric and a pattern make me feel pressured. Like the they're telling me, "You've only got one chance to get this right!!" (what? doesn't your fabric talk to you?) Refashions are so much more forgiving-- I like making up the rules as I go along, and taking things apart to refashion them is teaching me more about sewing than any pattern ever did.

I've got three more shirt refashions waiting in the wings. Next up, a pink men's shirt into a feminine blouse.

P.S. please excuse the blurriness of the after picture-- I used a four year old photographer.


Angie said...

Add another one to the list of cool things I admire about you, Steph. You're like a sexy female Renaissance Man.

Julie said...

BTW, you are looking fabulous no matter what you're wearing!!!

Janae said...

Such a great idea. I agree that refashioning is the way to go. I love when all work for making button holes and sewing on buttons is done for you.

Emery said...

Every time you talk about how easy a refashion project is, I totally drool and envy and remember what a stud you are. The shirt is to die for!

willywagtail said...

I love the work you are doing with men's shirts. It looks like I have been missing a whole section of the op shop that I will now have to include! I am also trying refashioning - just starting - because using patterns is scaring me at the moment for the reasons you mentioned. Loving all the inspiration from your blog. Cherrie