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I am a Homemaker and Freight Broker (with my husband) who has a love of needle crafts, sewing, crochet, cross-stitch. I learned to sew in 2007, really love using vintage patterns (1940's, 50's, 60's) & and seeing how I can modernize them with fabric choices and trims). I need 25 hours in a day to get to everything I want to do!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Refashioning an old shirt possibilities

I was rereading an older post by Gertie (you all know who she is) about refashioning. This has been an item I debate back and forth, refashioning. My opinion is refashions should look as good as an originally sewn item from new cloth, not just to do it for refashion's sake.

A few ideas for men or women's shirts, say out of broadcloth or cottons, could be:
1. a muslin
2. baby clothes
3. an older child's shirt
4. A man's to a woman's shirt if there is enough yardage to make it work
5. My new fave - make bias tape out of the back of a shirt. Imagine how cool that would be out of a plaid for a quilt or facings.
6. A woman's camisole - think pintucked or lacy out of a white shirt

Post some of yours, I am curious to see what transpires.

Edited to add:

I just got an email about McCall's Summer line. What a rehashing of previous styles! Nothing really inspiring to me, so I guess that's a good thing, nothing out there to buy. Infact everything seems really casual, caftans, sundresses, etc. and lots of costumes.

2 comments:

KID, MD said...

I've cut up shirts for applique (adorable for boys necktie onesies!) and pocketing/facings.

Barbara said...

Hi! I love refashions! Here's the link to my blog so you can see what I do:

http://floweryskirt.typepad.com/the_flowery_skirt/

I agree that refashions could and should look good and finished, but it also depends on the person's taste and goals.
You certainly know about

http://nikkishell.typepad.com/wardroberefashion/

but there is also a new nice place to visit

http://thethriftygarderobe.blogspot.com/

Take a look and enjoy!

Ciao!
Barbara