Shirt Refashion – Making the old new!


I decided at the beginning of the year I wouldn’t buy any new clothes this year.  My intention was to make at least one garment a month.  That didn’t happen.  Then, I told myself I would work on it when school got out.  I would have the whole summer!  That didn’t happen.  Now, it’s only 2 weeks until school starts back!  I decided to do some quick refashions of items I had hanging around just so I would have something new for the start of the school year.  We’ll see how it goes from there!

Shirt Refashion

Here’s my first refashion – a shirt I’ve had for ages and couldn’t let go!

shirt refashion


I loved the detail at the arm when I bought this shirt.  As time has gone on, I have worn it less and less.  The only reason it’s hanging around is because of the fabric!  I decided to add some chiffon-type fabric to fill in the “hole” in the sleeves.


First, I stretched the sleeves over the end of my ironing board and placed a piece of pattern paper underneath it.

sleeve pattern

I just traced the opening with a sharpie marker and used my Dritz see thru ruler to add 1/2″ seam.

adding seam to pattern adding rounded seam seam allowance

Once I cut my fabric, I clipped it to the little strap and sewed it down.

filler fabric first seam

I only tucked under the seam at the front edge of the sleeve.  I wasn’t too worried about the fabric fraying further in the sleeve.

first seam pressed finished piece

Since this shirt was a little snug around the middle and over my hips, I decided to add a panel of the same fabric to the back.

shirt cut up back

shirt back panel

When I added the back panel it widened the neck opening a little too much for me.  I just added a pleat at the front and voila!

Shirt Front Shirt back

So what do you think?  Here it is in a complete outfit.  The jacket will have to wait until it gets cooler!


That’s all for today!  Ya’ll have a fabulous Friday and go get creative!

Oh, how do you like the website makeover?  I think I’m almost done tweaking it!






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  1. Guida says:

    I love this, I have a few items I love and cant wear, well because with old age you get wider, well I do. I am so trying this out. Thank you. You look wonderful in that top.

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