If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I have a slight reputation for failing a lot of refashions. These two shirts were no different. Two different projects, two different failures. Sadly, one actually happened the same day as this Pinterest fail happened. It was a bad day for refashioning.
However, Tuesday night a refashion revelation of sorts came to me. Why not try to mesh them together into something completely new? Use the good parts, stash the bad for scraps.
Here’s what I started with:
The white dress shirt belonged to my Dad and the taupe shirt belonged to my BIL who passed it down to Matthew after he started losing weight. It quickly became too big for him so it got handed off to me for use in my refashion endeavors.
The white shirt failed because I took in the seams a little too tightly around the hips. The taupe shirt failed because I just couldn’t decide what else to do with it after taking it in to fit more like a dress, which turned out to be too short, then removing the collar to make it into a split-neck tunic since it felt too big and bulky for my liking. I still ended up not liking it.
I first picked the pocket off the taupe shirt, then chopped off the bottom part, like so:
I laid the white shirt (right side out) and pinned the bottom part of the taupe shirt (right side out, after folding and pressing the raw edge down about 1/2 inch) to the waist of the white shirt, like so:
See where this is going?
After pinning the bottom part in place, I sewed them together. Then another hiccup. I tried the dress on and the bottom part ended up being too tight around my hips. Thanks, kids. So I removed the side seams of the bottom part and sewed “triangles” to widen the bottom.
Relief and joy are both understatements for me at this point when I look back at this dress. I love it. It really came out better than I expected, at however, much more frustration than I really wanted. A small price to pay, though, for the life of an amateur refashionista. Small learning strides made and a pretty new dress I couldn’t have even pulled off making just a few months ago. This is where I cheer “yay, me!” for myself. Please feel free to join me, if the urge strikes you.
Oh, and TAKE THAT! you miserable refashion failures. I win. The end.
- Refashion: Enlarge a Tshirt (offsquare.wordpress.com)
- Men’s Shirt Refashion (cutoutandkeep.net)
- 5 Ways to Refashion a Men’s Button-Up Shirt (tarapcunningham.wordpress.com)