Sunday, November 08, 2015

The Ill-Fitting to Wearable Red Shirt.

I was given this shirt. I really liked it. Except for two things. It didn't fit right in the bust or the sleeves. It was too short. 

I considered leaving it be, and just wearing it as it was, too short and uncomfortable. I had no idea how to fix it. I was afraid of messing it up. Then I decided that was silly. After all, it wasn't going to get much wear as it was. What did I have to lose by attempting to fix it? Nothing. So out came the scissors.

I started by cutting off the sleeves to elbow length. This gave me sleeves that were a comfortable length plus fabric to lengthen the bodice with.

Next I cut the shirt in half just above the waist band.

And lengthened the bodice with the fabric from the sleeves, making it the perfect length.

I added some elastic to the new seam so that the shirt wouldn't ride up while being worn.

There was a little leftover fabric, which I used to finish the sleeves with.

To complete the look, and hopefully make the shirt appear a little less altered, I sewed some tan buttons (from my awesome thrifted stash) down the front.

I also added a button to each sleeve, so that they would be a bit more fitted at the elbow.

Then, it was done.

And totally wearable.


To see more of my work visit my blog The Sewing Goatherd.

Until next time,
Alyssa, The Sewing Goatherd


Carissa said...

So much better! I totally agree with your "what do I have to lose" mentality. If you're not going to wear it, then change it! Great job!


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jenny_o said...

Great job and it fits perfectly now!

1littlegurl said...

What a beautiful shirt refashion! So inspirational!

Catherine1216 said...

This is so pretty on you.