Tuesday, August 18, 2009

From Shirt - Skirt!

Okay - we all have that favorite shirt that we just can't seem to throw away, if the truth be told a have a few. Well the shirt below was my husbands and he wasn't really wearing it; it was so soft and comfy I took it. I wore it will working on the mail route I had as well as, for painting, yard work - or just to wear so needless to say after we moved here I did seem to wear it as much. It's over 12 years old and was getting on the thin side. It's just been here doing nothing and I didn't want to toss it but kept getting close to tossing it; until I saw this idea in the ReadyMade Magazine Sept 09 issue. I don't know why I hadn't thought of it myself!

So I thought I share with you what I did. It is such a cute and has so many possibilities. As it is it fine but, I'm going to play around with maybe applique or make something to go under it. So it would be more like a work -skirt apron thing. will see. Anyway for the creative sowers out there, don't toss - start creating. Do you realize just how much material there is in a shirt? Have some fun, you haven't wore it in such a long time, you can't even give it away! Cut it up! LOL

This is the shirt.

The directions had you cutting just below the arms. I needed to go just above - the shirt was to short.

I added fabric to openings of the arms so it would be even turning under for the waist band. I also had to remove pockets -if left they would be to high to waist.

Not to bad!
Then with may serger I finished the edge to turn under. Since I did that I didn't have to double; I turned down once.

Next was sewing it around and adding to button holes to run my draw string, ribbon, etc through to hold shirt up. I may change this and use loose elastic also.

The string used is from pair of Capri's I was tired of messing with.

How's it look?
Just think of the possibilities!


Anonymous said...

Cool! Looks great!!! ~Eileen

Becky said...

Soooooooooo creative!!! If I didn't know anything about you, and just came across your blog, I wouldn't think you had a care in the world. You handle things so beautifully. God is definitely molding your life. You are so blessed.

Refracted Lite said...

Thank you for thinking so. I'm not that strong and I've been depending on the Lords strengthen to get me through (more so lately) every minute. If it was for the Lord and being able to be a bit creative here and there; well I'm sure it's whats keeping me sane. Jim used to look at the yard and say that depending on how well the grass was cut depended on how stress I was. Since my yard is a terrible sight I must be diverting it into creativity! LOL

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