Monday, June 13, 2011

Shirt Refashion - From Baggy to Fitted

Here's my first project from my stash-busting mission!

One night (a long while back when we still lived in Utah) I went to Macy's looking for some shirts [and pants too, but I never find pants that fit right].  It just so happened they were having a big clearance sale, plus an extra 40% off the lowest clearance price.  Sweet!  I ended up getting a bunch of shirts for $5-$7 each.  Unfortunately most of them needed some sort of alteration or refashioning.  One of them actually didn't need anything changed, which is rare for me.  Ha ha!

This shirt started off as a super overly baggy, tunic length shirt with a belt.  I'm sure some photographer made a teensie little model look great in it, but that type of fit just isn't my style.


Ugh. It took lots of pinning and frustration working with the 10+ extra inches around the shirt. I took it in at the sides (going all the way up, including the underarm and down the sleeve tapering to the cuff so I wouldn't have to bother with remaking the cuff to fit the new sleeve). I also added darts to the front and back (along the princess lines) for a better fit and cut about 6" off the bottom and sewed up the new hemline.

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To finish it off I took one of the faux leather cords off of the belt, since it seemed like a bit too much with two.



Now I like it.

One project down, only 15 bazillion more to go!

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  1. I was so not expecting the end result! great job. So much better!!

  2. So cute! I love how you refashioned the sleeves. That more tailored look is so much cuter than the original! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Awesome! It's such a practical idea...I may definitely try it out in the future!

    I do sewing projects as well, check me out at if you wish!

  4. Wow that is really impressive! I always have issue with shirts being too long as well.... maybe I will find a couple of good deals and get it a try as well! Thanks

  5. so cute! and you did an amazing job! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  6. I LOVE your shirt refashion! It looks so stylish! I tried doing something similar with a men's shirt I found on sale but it didn't end up working very well...maybe I'll have the courage to try it again and hope it turns out as well as yours! :)

  7. Your shirt looks sooo good! I have a few to refashion myself....I hope they turn out as well as yours did.

  8. Wow, that looks great. I wish I had your sewing talent.

  9. Love your blog!! Its so cute!!! I am your newest follower!!! i would love to feature you on my blog. so let me know!! :) So if you would like to go and check out my blog and follow me too! That would make my day!!! :) I am so excited to start blogging and share my ideas on food, crafts, and mineral make-up. I will also be doing giveaways on stuff, like mineral make-up. So look out for it!

  10. I love your refashioning ideas! Thanks a lot for sharing this with us!


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