So, yesterday I mentioned that I refashioned my first piece of clothing. I’ve been wanting to do it for some time, but I was so nervous that I just didn’t do it.
Then I came across the Refashionista, Cotton and Curls and Merrick’s Art blogs and was inspired. Well, that and I’m so tired of buying shirts that I think fit…then I get them home and the second June tugs on it it’s completely immodest. OY! Or, they are such deep V’s or scoop necks that they require an undershirt. And I’m tired of wearing 2 shirts in summer in Texas. So it’s really a necessity at this point.
Since I had no idea if this would actually work, I didn’t bother taking a before picture. I found this 1XL men’s polo shirt at a thrift store for about $2 (normally $4 but it was 50% off) and liked the feel of the fabric and the pattern. Then it sat while I thought about it for weeks. Then I finally just decided to jump in and start cutting away what was obviously not going to work.
Long story short, here’s the final!
I first decided to turn the shirt around so the buttons would be in the back. Then I clipped the collar off and made a tight V-neck. Where the sleeves stop is where the seam of the sleeves met the shirt originally. I just cut right at the seam, folded it under and just did a little top stitch.
Then I dug out a shirt that I liked the fit of and cut it based on that size and shape. I’m most proud of the bottom. It’s hard to tell but the front bows down while the back is more straight across. It’s a little shorter than I anticipated because I had to fix a few problems along the way…but I think it worked out to my benefit.
I’m pretty proud of it, truth be known. I wore it on Saturday and my friends didn’t think twice that I didn’t buy it as is. It’s a bit wrinkly in the photos because I dug it out of the dirty clothes hamper to take these photos…do you think this counts as airing my dirty laundry for the world to see?
I’m afraid to wash it because I am fairly certain it will fall apart. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
I have a decent little stash of things to refashion and I’m actually pretty excited about it. I hope they all turn out as well as this one. I figure if nothing else, I can turn it into a scarf. Right?
Hope you like it! Next time I’ll make sure it’s less wrinkly.