Do you remember I was a bit unsure about this fabric combination?
The plaid fabric is a man’s Gap shirt from the charity shop, which turned into this: (Claire, you were right, the shiny blue stuff was for the pockets!)
I kept the buttoned placket, cut the front bodice as one piece, and re-attached the collar a la So Zo. I used one of my all-time favourite patterns, Simplicity 2406, which was also responsible for these two:
I’ve had a couple of attempts now at refashioning men’s shirts, and they’ve generally gone hideously wrong – especially when I’ve tried to turn them into a fitted women’s shirt. I was inspired by Zoe’s version to have another try, going for a loose style and avoiding extra darts and seams. Key lesson learned: it’s not necessarily helpful to rip all the original seams to get separate fabric pieces. When I cut the bodice, it took in an inch or two of the sleeve section – fabric I’d have lost by removing the sleeves first.
Having mentioned Zoe, it’s a good a time as any for this:
I, Amy, of Diana & Me, sign up as a particpant of Self Stitched September’11. I endeavour to wear at least one item of self-stitched or refashioned clothing each day for the duration of September 2011.
This is the same thing I pledged for Me Made June’11… but I’m treating that as a practice run (having skipped a few days, and worn Pendrell tops more or less continously for the month). With a few more projects completed since then, and lots more under construction, I’m looking forward to September as a much more sartorially interesting month. Anybody else joining in?