Refashion: Men’s shirt into a unique top
With a closet filled with men’s shirts and no work appointments to go to, time to clean out hubby’s closet. The result: a stack of men’s shirts that are perfect for refashion. Keeping as much of the original details as I can. You can read about this process in this blog. What I did with a white shirt you can read in this blog.
The inspiration for the top I took out of the piece of fabric that I received from Pauline Greuell during the #REFEBULOUS challenge earlier this year. It is a canvas fabric that she printed by hand. I drew the pattern of the top myself. In addition to the men’s shirt and canvas fabric, a leftover denim blouse has also been reused. Double refashion. In terms of characteristics and thickness of the fabric, these three matched perfectly.
Front & rear
The front of the men’s shirt is used for the back of the top. Including the button closure. I reused the front of the top from the back of the shirt. First I thought of adding an open back to the top, as you can see from the basting thread in the photo. To make it easier for myself, I left this one out eventually. Refashion by doing
I sewed the top of the back shut, so that I could finish the neckline with a facing. Especially with an asymmetrical neckline, this finishing works best.
As sleeves I reused the cuffs of the men’s shirt. The existing sleek finish of the cuffs inspired me to do this. You can still see the buttonholes, a nice detail. I did take off the buttons though. When I had put on the sleeves, I thought they were relatively small. With the fabric that was left, I made an addition that I reinforced just as much as the cuffs and stitched it on. See the refashion steps below:
The rest of the armhole is also finished with a facing inside. At the bottom of the top I stitched a nice hem at 0.7 cm with my BERNINA 540. For this I let the bottom fall flush with the first mark on the stitch plate. An easy way to stitch straight.
A perfect refashion of a preloved men’s shirt in a unique top, I am happy with the outcome. And it is completely in line with blue week of # sewhappycolor2021. Another fun Instagram challenge.
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I’ll see you there!