Hello, HoffiCoffi here. As I am currently rushing to finish sewing Christmas presents I thought I would show you a refashion I did in the summer for the Refashioners 2015 challenge. Hope you like it. :)
purchased this shirt at a charity shop ages ago and it has been
languishing in my clothes pile ever since. It's a soft woven plaid
fabric and it seemed perfect to make into a pair of sleeping shorts.
took a bit of fabric juggling. I could obviously use the front and
back of the shirt for the shorts front and back, but I needed a bit more
fabric for the inside leg and, sadly, the hip!
is one of the pieces to show you. You may be able to see on the left
of the picture I have had to add a bit more fabric to the outside hip
area - I took this from the original shirt sleeve. The extra fabric for
the inside leg was harvested from the top of the shirt front.
there was a button placket already it seemed like a good idea to have a
button down front. This did involve a bit of fabric manipulation
though; as if I had sewn the front inside leg and just stopped the
button placket would not be lying flat. Luckily the extra fabric I had
used at the inside leg came over the button placket. I sewed up to this
extra fabric and hand turned the raw edge.
Hopefully you can see in the picture above that the button placket is lying flat below the extra fabric.
you can imagine I didn't have much fabric left for a waistband. I hit
on the idea of using a cuff as the front fastening on the waistband, so I
cut off what was left of the sleeve including a seam allowance...
..and cut the back yoke of the shirt into two strips to attach to the cuff.
You can see here the end of the cuff continuing on from the strip of fabric cut from the yoke.
Here is another photo from the front. It was quite a windy old day which made photography a bit tricky.
The back of the shorts.
are really comfy to wear and what I loved about sewing these was that
the more I concentrated on the fabric, the more colours I could see
woven into the cloth. They have been in constant rotation in my wardrobe since they were made!