Monday, May 20, 2013

Woman's shirt

From this

To this.

During my big spending spree at the Hospice shop recently, I got two men's shirts with the idea that I would upcycle them into a couple of work shirts for me.  And I'm pleased to say that it went really well.

I used my trusty Simplicity 9502 pattern but this time I cut the front and back on the fold rather than having centre front and back seams.  I wanted to keep the collar and placket intact, so I cut up the shirt's side seams, and placed the shoulder seams so that they would line up.  Then I cut around the pattern pieces, but left the shoulders intact, so that the whole collar remained in one piece.
I bound the edges with homemade bias binding - more on my new found love of bias binding in another post.

And ended up with some funky pocket detailing.

The pattern is still a little bit big for me, but I quite like the relaxed fit of the shirt.

The cost of the top? 50c, and I've still got another shirt to make.  Joining in with the Op Shop showoff today.  What's your favourite upcycle? Have you tried adult garments before?


  1. Great idea and your new shirt looks gorgeous! xx

  2. ahh, great job. i wish i had the skills and the patience, i often see beautiful fabrics/clothes in the wrong sizes that i wished fitted, most recently a beaut. red liberty print shirt. 50 c is pretty good going!
    great to have you linking in x

  3. visiting you for the first time from Op Shop show off. I love upcycling. What a great effort - the collar being intact makes this awesome.


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