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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.


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:


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