SHIRT REFASHION: MY VERY FIRST

I think. I think this is my first shirt refashion. I love love love this cute brown wrap-like shirt, but it’s a teeny bit small. Upon closer inspection, I think I knew how to alter it. Because the shirt was kind of a wrap, the front had two layers of fabric to create the V neck. I inspected the side seams and the two layers of fabric.

A LITTLE TOO SNUG SHIRT

A LITTLE TOO SNUG SHIRT

Could I possibly make the shirt roomier by adding a little bit of fabric to each layer and sewing the added fabric back to the side seam? Hmmmmm. Only one way to find out. I found a dark brown shirt in my refashion stash that best matched the shirt and measured a portion of the panel connected to the side seam.

SIDE SEAMS

INSIDE SIDE SEAMS

On the second brown shirt, I marked the same measurement from the bottom of the hem and cut out a small rectangular piece from the front of the shirt. Even though hemline stitches didn’t match exactly, I didn’t want to haggle hemming the new fabric. My plan: simply add extra fabric to the two front panels and resew the side seams.

I'M NOT CRAZY ABOUT THE DIFFERENT SHADES OF BROWN AND THE CURLED TOP, BUT THE FIX WORKS FOR NOW.

I’M NOT CRAZY ABOUT THE DIFFERENT SHADES OF BROWN AND THE CURLED TOP, BUT THE FIX WORKS FOR NOW.

The extra fabric — the brown rectangle piece with the original hem — was cut in half. Starting with the outside panel first, I carefully snipped it off the side seam and sewed the extra fabric to the open end, making sure the two hems were at least even. Then I sewed the new open end to the side seam and tried on the shirt.

I WANTED TO SAVE THE SHIRT BECAUSE I LOVE THE EMBROIDERY PATTERN.

I WANTED TO SAVE THE SHIRT BECAUSE I LOVE THE EMBROIDERY PATTERN.

So easy and perfect! The inside panel was still a little snug, but I was surprised and impressed with myself regarding the outside panel. The shirt was definitely not too snug for me, and my handiwork didn’t look too bad. However, I’m not too crazy about the unfinished top edge on the extra fabric, but I’m at a loss for an easy fix.

EMBROIDERY PATTERN BY THE WAIST.

EMBROIDERY PATTERN BY THE WAIST.

Anyway, I did the same exact thing on the inside panel: cut the panel from the other side seam, sewed the extra fabric to the open end, and reattached the new fabric to the side seam. Now, the inside panel is just as roomy as the outside panel. Because the inside panel is hidden from sight, I’m fine with the unfinished top edge.

YAY! NOW I CAN WEAR THE SHIRT AGAIN.

YAY! NOW I CAN WEAR THE SHIRT AGAIN.

Other than the one unfinished top edge, I am in love with my shirt again and can’t wait to add it to my closet! Well, I’m not crazy about the outside panel not matching exactly, but its placement will placate me for awhile. Now, I look forward to refashioning other shirts in my stash. Yay!

EDITOR’S NOTE: The shirt refashion was completed before my beloved sewing machine started behaving badly.

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