SHIRT REFASHION: FROM SHIRT TO CARDIGAN
I’m a warm blooded person by nature. When other people are cold or freezing and dressed in heavy layers, I’m hot and sweaty dressed in pants and a short sleeve blouse. But I love wearing sweaters and pairing my tanks with cardigans. I just can’t wear these outfits to work without thinking I’m entering the initial menopause stage. Luckily, I have two very nice short sleeve sweaters that I can wear to work – a lovely yellow sweater and an almost-hand knitted green sweater.
I think I need a few more short sleeve cardigans, because I would love to pair one of my new skirts (Jensen September) with a cardi and a tank. And I feel fashionable and well presented when dressed in a tank and cardigan even though I need one full minute to pick the two pieces. I’ve never been one of those people who tried on five different outfits before picking one. I pick out either a pair of pants or a shirt and then find something that matches. Boom. I’m done.
Anyway, I found an ordinary pale pink tee on clearance for a few dollars. Although the shirt is a size or two too big for me, I think it will work perfectly as a short sleeve cardigan. I don’t wear pink that often, but again, I wanted to pair a tank and cardigan with my refashioned skirt made from one of my mom’s old dresses. I carefully folded the shirt in half and laid it as flat as possible. Then I made a straight cut in the middle of the shirt.
I sewed a simple rolled hem on the new openings. The tee was too big to begin with, so I took in the sides and the sleeves. I added a button and button hole on the new front seams, and I might add another button and button hole later. I’m pretty happy with the simple refashion, but I feel the new cardigan needs something a little more — I just don’t know what. I want to keep the embellishments simple, but I’m unsure what to add.
Other than the button hole being a little ugly, I’m happy the refashion was simple and I’m happier to add a nice short-sleeve cardigan to my wardrobe. I was a little surprised that the refashion was simple — easy enough for me to use a needle and thread while watching the Lego movie (everything is awesome!). So, I definitely can see more shirt to cardigan refashions in the future! Yay!
pink cardigan // refashioned
multi-pattern blue infinity scarf // refashioned
khaki shorts // refashioned
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