Thursday, May 28, 2015

Shirt made bigger

I was walking home when a bag of clothes left out on the street for rubbish caught my eye.

Feeling only a little shame I started to rummage and took out a pink checked shirt by Uniqlo which looked barely worn.

The size was extra small so I was intending only to use the fabric, but once I'd washed it and tried it on I was amazed to find that the arms and shoulders were a perfect fit - so I decided to keep it as a wearable garment.

I couldn't fasten all the buttons so here comes an embarrassing poor quality before picture.

I was going to make it bigger by adding a panel down the centre back and as the length was generous, there was just enough fabric cut some off to use for such a panel.

Although I tried to match the stripes up as best as possible, it gets more rubbish towards the thinner top end.  I ended up using all the fabric I had available from the shortening, there was literally a tiny scrap left.

Finished shirt:

OK so this is never going to be a best shirt but it's turned out wearable enough, in fact this bag of clothes was sitting outside a restaurant and I couldn't resist wearing the refashioned version on my next trip there.  I suppose I was hoping the waitress would recognise it but I received no comments, apart from my husband who my mildly shocked to find I was wearing something found in a bin.

I learned from this refashion that a really good fitting sleeve goes right into the armpit so the shirt doesn't ride up when you lift your arms up.


Sandy said...

The close fit in the underarm is a brilliant thing. Some musicians (flute and the like) have learned that tidbit. It ought to be done more often for people like sportsmen who constantly have to hike up the shoulder of their shirt because they have gone the opposite way thinking they will have more movement!
Sandy in the UK

jennifer elliott said...

First, welcome to Refashion Co-op, and I look forward to more of your refashions! Second, love the refashion, and I would've totally done the same with the added strip. Cobbling all scraps to make the strip fit. Great job.

Jennifer Elliott, EOD

CreativaCale said...

Super idea:)Hugs from Serbia( East Europe ),

concretenprimroses said...

FAbulous. I love seeing an enlargement instead of a making smaller.

g.satansbraten said...

Yep, popular extension-trick; the better - or let's say easier - if the patchwork of the panel can be better hidden in a checkered material.
Trick for the future for uni-coloured material: add false seams in elegant repetitive patterns/lines to camouflage the real ones necessary to get the final needed length for this sort of extension.

LG, Gerlinde