Here is another shirt I salvaged from a bag of clothes my neighbor was giving away. This top was irresistible. The fabric is so fun, colorful, and vibrant. I love the red, blue, yellow color combination. I would have worn the top as is, but it was a bit too over sized for me. The fabric is very thin and sheer. I wasn't sure how I was going to refashion it, but I knew I had to do something.
I started by seam ripping off the sleeves, making it look like a tank top. I considered turning it into a dress for Aubrey at that point, but I new that would just be a waste of beautiful fabric, since she rarely wears dresses. I continued to seam rip. Very carefully. Such delicate fabric. I took out all of the yarn that was connecting several pieces of fabric together, as well as, all along the sleeve edges.
(Mississippi with the photo bomb!)
Ultimately, I ended up completely disassembling the entire shirt in all its pieces.
I was feeling button up shirt when I stared at it like this.
I dug through my pattern stash and I had the perfect pattern. I hadn't had a chance to use it yet, so this was my first attempt.
I ended up going with pattern D, but with no pockets and I added the sleeves. I would have preferred to use pattern B with no pockets, but I just couldn't squeeze enough fabric out to make the regular collar.
Here it is in the process.
The pattern was pretty easy to follow and work with. I definitely want to use it again.
Here is how the shirt came out:
I used the sleeves from the original shirt to make the top part of the shirt on the front and back, the collar, and the sleeves. I used the maroon bands that were framing the collar of the original shirt (cut in half lengthwise) to make the strip for the buttons and button holes in the front. I cut the main pieces of the original shirt up into four pieces and re-assembled them back together with their new cut. I hemmed the bottom and the sleeves. Added some vintage maroon buttons and finished!
Sorry for the poor picture quality. It was night time and the lighting is bad. I was hoping to get some better detail shots.
I wore it today and it is very comfortable. It is going to be great for the summer, since it is sheer, it breathes very well. I had to wear a long sleeve denim button-up shirt over it today to stay warm, but it still looked good underneath. The print of this fabric is just so lovely. I'm glad I found a way to breath new life into it.