This past weekend my mom hosted my sister and me for a craft night. Since I have quit scrapbooking I have needed to find a new craft. I have been reading some refashioning blogs lately and thought I would give it a try. I learned to sew in high school during home ec, and my mom has been a wonderful seamstress and quilter my entire life. I enjoy sewing and like the idea of refashioning clothes that I can get for pennies on the dollar from a thrift store or just clothes that I would otherwise give away.
A friend of mine gave me a large load of maternity clothes that were going to be donated. I went through them and picked out the ones that fit and that I liked. After that I was left with many items that did not fit or were not exactly my style. I chose to dig through these clothes to see if I could find something to refashion. I ended up refashioning 3 shirts that I took to my mom’s house, and this is the one I am most proud of.
Since it was my first time to really try my hand at this, I didn’t take any photos of the shirt before or the process. I will do my best to explain what all I did.
First, close your eyes and imagine a long-sleeved, gray, v-neck, jersey, maternity shirt. No elastic on the side, just a tent-like shirt. That is what I started with. It was a bit too big, and since it is a million degrees, I wanted to make it into a sleeveless shirt. To do this I started by ripping out the seams for the sleeves. I had plans for that fabric when I was finished. I took both sleeves off, then put in a double seam around the arm holes. I am still working on sewing straight, so the seams aren’t perfect.
After finishing the new sleeveless-ness, I took the extra fabric from the sleeves and cut two pieces of fabric 5″x17″. These numbers were arbitrary for the most part. I folded each piece in half and sewed. They became long tubes, basically. I utilized the original hem of the sleeves, so I didn’t have to hem these. Once I finished these, I ripped out about a 3″ part of the side seam under the arm hole. I inserted the tubes that I made from the sleeve fabric and sewed into the two holes I seam ripped from the side seam. This made two ties that I could tie in the back.
Here is the final product:
I really like this shirt, but the only thing that is a little awkward is how long the arm holes are. I would definitely need to wear a tank top under it. I also think it would look super cute with a collared shirt underneath for work.
It doesn’t look like much, but I love how it turned out. I am rather proud of my first attempt at clothing refashioning. Hopefully I will get the chance to do some more. I still have some more clothes and ideas that I want to work on eventually.
Have you done anything crafty lately?