The long life of a shirt

I’m on my 5th man shirt upcycling, I guess I like the exercise enough. Wrinkle it, ruffle it, turn it upside down, there are so many possibilities when refashioning a shirt.

I took a thick chambray shirt as a basis:
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First thing, take away the worned out collar and cut the sleeves like a tank top.
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Cut out the cuffs into triangle:
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Pin it into the armhole.
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Sew a zigzag stitch (leasier to sew than a topstitching)
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Fold the remaining sleeve like an envelope
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Pin it at the bottom to lengthen the shirt
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Sew both sleeves and press
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It gives a V-slot on the back
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As the front is slightly shorter, I stitch together both shirt plackets
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Side view:
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And this is me who enjoys the soft light of a summer evening.
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Needless to say the enterprise was fun and gainful because I granted myself a new dress with zero additional budget and zero waste in a very short time You can see other recycling ideas here.

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2 thoughts on “The long life of a shirt

  1. Beautiful shape–a very sophisticated look from a humble men’s shirt!

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