SHIRT REFASHION: HOPEWELL SEPTEMBER

THE BEST "BEFORE" I COULD SNAP

THE BEST “BEFORE” I COULD SNAP

I bought this peach Chevron shirt to add a little bit of color to my normal black-dark blue-red-gray-dark brown wardrobe scheme. Unfortunately, the shirt was very ill fitting during the one time I wore it. The loose waist drawstring didn’t sit in a particularly flattering area, and I just didn’t feel confident wearing the shirt. I kept the shirt with the intention of refashioning it for a better and more flattering fit. However, because I’m still on my skirt kick, I decided to refashion the shirt into a skirt. This was a very much impulse decision because I failed to take a “before” picture of the shirt.

WHAT WAS LEFT AFTER GETTING A LITTLE SCISSOR HAPPY

WHAT WAS LEFT AFTER GETTING A LITTLE SCISSOR HAPPY

One night, I just got scissor happy with some long neglected clothes. Halfway through the process, I realized I probably should’ve been taking photos. Oops. My bad. I also probably should’ve thought the refashion process for a minute or two before the cutting extravaganza began. Oh well. Live and learn. Without thought or reason, I took out the elastic and drawstring near the waist area to open up the shirt. I then made a cut right below the neckline and then cut off the sleeves, hoping what was left could be turned into a skirt.

ELASTIC READY FOR THE CASING

ELASTIC READY FOR THE CASING

I sewed close the gaps left from the sleeves, leaving me with square tube. I then stood in front of a full-length mirror for about half an hour trying on the future skirt with the horizontal stripes running at the bottom or the Chevron stripes at the bottom. In the end, I decided the Chevron stripes looked better as the body of the skirt and the horizontal stripes served better near the waist area. Once the decision was made, I hemmed the bottom of the skirt, created a casing in the waist area, and ran elastic through the casing.

FORMER DRAWSTRING HOLES ...

FORMER DRAWSTRING HOLES …

The only thing I have to worry about now are the two small holes where the drawstrings peeked through. I know I don’t want to add a sash or a fake drawstring because I think they would look a little out of place riding that low on a skirt. So, I’m open to suggestions on how to cover the two holes on the skirt because I’m not sure what I should do? Do I have enough room to just sew the holes shut and would that look weird? Should I add an emellishment or something over the holes? *sigh* I’m going to go stare at the skirt a little more …

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