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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Dress Shirt goes Fashion!

Another women's short-sleeve blouse made from a guys dress shirt? YAWN....

Well, that's what I thought too, but I happened to have this great shirt from my husband (good quality, lovely Jacquard-cotton!), and I also happened to need more short-sleeve tops for summer.

Some brain-storming later, and remembering that less is more, I came up with this:

I have a tendency to overwork things, adding details in too many places, even though I really like clean lines and simple shapes. So this time I only went for the special shape of the arm holes/sleeves and I'm very happy with the outcome. And it was super easy to make! I basically just left the original yoke intact, cutting around it, re-sewing the side seams and creating the "cut-ins" at the arms/shoulders... Oh, it's perfect sun-burn protection, too ;-)))

I posted a step-by-step on my blog Of Dreams and Seams.

Here I am wearing it with a re-fashioned skirt, which I enhanced with a men's tie:

There are more pictures on my blog, also for the back view, and I played around with different combinations. The one with the red skirt is an entirely me-made look, with a knitted skirt, a necklace made from a tie (tutorial!), and the shoes I made in London...

Happy refashioning to all of you, and have a great summer!


concretenprimroses said...

A unique and creative refashion of a men's shirt and it looks lovely on you!

RenataLaura said...

The skirt and shoes are amazing :D real craftmanship

RenataLaura said...

The skirt and shoes are amazing :D real craftmanship

Lovenicky said...

This refashion is so unique! I have lots of men's shirt waiting to be refashioned. Thanks for the inspiration!

Carissa said...

You are my hero! I love the simple elegance of the new blouse. I adore the tie inserted into the skirt. And I can't believe you *made* a pair of shoes. You're incredible!


Sticky Genius said...

All I can say is …. FABULOUS!!!

The Enchanted Forest said...

Wow! so creative! LOVE the sleeves, they add that extra interest without being over the top. You definitely achieved what you were after :) absolutely adore the knitted skirt too, you are so talented! xx

Terra the Reuser said...

I think this is one of my all-time favorite refashions. I love how you styled it with the men's tie skirt in the first pic. Gorgeous! Nice job!