Friday, June 3, 2016

Shirt Refashion - Poncho Scraps

I saw this shirt on pinterest and thought it was cute.  I wanted to try to replicate it somewhat.  I was just waiting for the right ingredients to come along.

A neighbor recently gave me this shirt.  I am not a much for sequins, so this was a great candidate for refashion.  I used the seam ripper to take off the sleeves and the pocket.

I thought my scraps from my recent poncho refashion would work in a pinch.  I sewed it onto the front.  I did this somewhat hastily.  I could have taken more time with this. The rectangle could have been a little smaller and I should have stabilized the shirt before I appliqu├ęd it.  Either way, it's done now.  

It's not the exact look I was going for and I really should have used the stabilizer to keep it from puckering around the edges.  That is what I think bugs me the most.  I had a lot of projects going on at once and I didn't want to spend too much time on this one.  I do like how it came out enough that I will wear it.  This is a good reminder for me to recognize when I'm getting hasty with my work and learn to put down the scissors and walk away from the sewing machine.  When I get in that mode of trying to hurry through something is when I make the most mistakes.  It's better to take a break and come back to it when you aren't feeling the need to rush though something.  Even with a little extra love, this shirt probably wouldn't have been much different, so I'm ok with it.  It looked a bit better when I ironed it (I was hasty taking the pictures, too).  If the right shirt comes along again I might try this again with yarn, like it was done in the original inspiration picture.  I can see this with a pair of jean shorts or pants.  Good for a beach shirt and casual wear.  It will be interesting to see how it handles the wash.  It might give it a bit more character and hide my puckering mistake if it frays at the ends.  We will see!