I started with a plaid men's shirt. I forgot to take a before picture, so you'll just have to trust me on this. Speaking of pictures, please excuse the photography here. I was too impatient to wait for someone to take a picture for me that I hopped up on the coffee table for a DIY picture with the help of the mirror that sits on my mantle. My four-year old kindly pointed out that we're not allowed to climb on the furniture in the living room. Oh, the hypocrisy!!
Where was I?
Oh yeah: Loosely following instructions from the tutorial at My Mama Made It, I cut a new neckline and shortened the sleeves. I gathered the neckline and bound it with some (pre-made) bias tape instead of using elastic. Then I made a little pleat at the bottom of each sleeve, and bound the sleeve edges in bias tape too. I had a bit of bias tape left, so I made a bow. It's safety pinned on for now, but I'll tack it on with some thread when I get around to it.
Let me just take a moment here to sing the praises of bias tape. I haven't used it much, but sewing this shirt might just be the beginning of a long and rewarding love affair (with bias tape, of course). It's a great way to add visual interest and is so much easier than hemming raw edges (especially curved neckline edges).
I used store-bought bias tape for this project, mostly because I was in need of some instant gratification. But did you know that it's easy to make your own? Just think of the possibilities!
Total time: abt. 35 minutes
Total cost: $3.00 (thrift store shirt) + $1.50 (bias tape)= $4.50
And that, my friends, is ridiculous.