Summer upcycling

It‘s been a while that my articles were revolving around geometry and were becoming a little too serious.

I was keen on sharing with you lighter and more inspiring posts. Normally, summer sewing projects take less time than their winter equivalents, but in reality it happens that I sew much less in the summer. I am less attracted by home activities such as sewing and more busy organizing the holidays and sorting all my house to get rid of all unnecessary collection of things.

I wanted to catch up with an easy project, a rapid and smart transformation which would reconcile me with the free time blogger life.

When I received two white men shirts, I knew that my task would be easy and interesting.

For the first shirt, the transformation is quite radical.
To begin, I removed the collar and one cuff that were very worn out.

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I cut the shirt horizontally under the armhole and I got everything down and two small front pieces.
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I started to create folds with the big piece of the bottom. For convenience, I molded the fabric on my dress form to replicate the shape of the bust. The challenge was to create balanced folds and I had to start over several times to arrive at the correct number and width. I stitch the folds from the neck to the waist.

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Former collar stand was attached on the folds and closes behind the neck.
The two small pieces were sewn up front together, folded and attached to the non-worn cuff.
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The idea was to take advantage and to highlight the placket of the shirt. It is visible on the sides and serves to button the front with the back piece. I had to move only two buttons and the fit was perfect.

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The photos are below. The shirt is a bit transparent but pleats make it opaque on strategic spots.

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You will see the result of the second transformation in September. Meanwhile, I wish you a great summer, full of inspiring sewing.

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9 thoughts on “Summer upcycling

  1. I love this shirt – it is so feminine and sweet. This took a great deal of imagination and talent. Well done!!

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