This week our challenge was to take a men's button up shirt and turn it into something fabulous for a child and our designers did a fantastic job! Look through their designs and then head over to the side bar to vote for your favorite.
La Inglesita---Like for Like
I´ve made my fair share of Shirt Recycling already and everytime I work with old shirts I end up making new shirts. I guess it´s because the fabric is so soft and I like shirt making so much that, even if I make a dress, I´ll always see a shirt in a shirt. I admit my heart beeps faster when my shears come close beautiful flat felled seams.
So I´ve made a shirt from two old coordinated blue shirts. Risky, huh?
But I made an interesting discovery this week: Most of my husband´s and father´s shirts have very similar placket sizes and buttonholes placed at exactly the same distance. This incredible fact gave me the idea to mix the right front from one shirt and the left from another. No need to change buttons! I played with mismatched sleeves too and made the left from the stripy shirt and the right from the plain one. I also kept many of the features that make a shirt a shirt:
- Intact placket and buttons. For the new buttons I used red thread, three in total.
- Sleeve plackets. I cut out the cuffs and added bias binding ties in contrasting fabric on each sleeve. I love how each placket is different.- I left the pocket on the stripes side. I also loved how the pocket is sewn into the armhole. I was unable to rip it off. The stripes were so perfectly matched!
- Can you see what I did with the point of one collar?
The pattern is a gazpacho between Oliver and S Sailboat top and a self drafted block pattern.
As always, enjoy your vote!
See you soon at la inglesita
For my Men's Shirt Week outfit, I was a little bit stumped at first; you see here in S.Korea, there aren't really thrift stores in the same way there are in the states, and although on base there is a thrift shop, it is rather small (there were less than 5 men's shirts on the rack) EXCEPT in their uniform section. There are a TON of Blues shirts in the thrift shop (blues are sort of the business suits of the USAF) so I had a ton of pale blue shirts to select from, and suddenly the idea for my look formed. (I'm calling it "Dress Blues" because I was feeling particularly punny) and I hope you can still see all the details through the questionable pictures! (I am afraid I didn't get the best pictures of this outfit because it has been FREEZING here to the point the air base has closed all the roads to driving several times due to ice, and I haven't been able to get out anywhere for a pretty photo shoot with lots of light!)
In the spirit of upcycling, I made Emmie a cardigan out of a sweater I have had for ages that I didn't love. (it was too big for me.) I cut a whole new body, using the hem ribbing at the bottom and I serged the original neck trim back onto the cardigan, along with the newly cut sleeves. Since I added a split to the front of the sweater, I trimmed the inside edge with the same knit I used for the leggings, and added large navy, fabric covered snaps to close the cardigan. Down the front of the cardigan I added bunches of 3 jewels over each of the snaps. Because of the fold back cuff, she can button the loop over the cardigan, so you still get the pop of light blue at her wrists. (The dress took HOURS, including replacing a broken zip last second, and of course the 2 hour cardigan is Emmie's favorite part of the outfit.) The leggings are just simple with a yoga pant waist, done in a whimsical print (there are kitties driving cars, birds, and bunnys etc.) and they are so she can stay modest and comfortable while she plays. I hope you like my look, as I would LOVE your vote, and LOVE to show you my signature look! (for more pictures and in-depth descriptions, please hop on over to cathgrace.)
(*You're just going to have to come over to my blog for a full explanation of the name!!!)
REFASHION WEEK!!!! To say that from the moment I learned what the challenges would be this was the one I was the MOST excited about would be an understatement. Most of what I sew is a refashion of one kind or another, quite often I use cast offs simply as yardage; but I love the fun of incorporating existing elements from original garments in fun or unexpected ways. This outfit, along with 'Elephant Shoes', were the only two I had completely drawn and planned before the competition began that came into fruition the way I planned - well mostly. You see this week has been anything but what I planned. It started with A getting the stomach bug on the way to church on Sunday, followed by baby girl getting her first tooth knocked out and having her first trip to the ER on Monday night, continued with the entire house (save my husband - THANK GOD!) getting a worse version of the stomach bug on Tuesday that is still attacking all of us. Which left me semi mobile on Wednesday scrambling to finish my cute little ensemble that sat wondering if it would see the light of day; and taking pictures early Thursday morning only a few hours after baby girl's last bout of tossing her milk and cheerios. But here they are - both baby girl, and outfit - maybe missing a tiny piece of what they had/had planned, but perfect just the way they are.
I went with a traditional men's white dress shirt for the top and this great cozy flannel shirt for the shorts and lining of the boots. I've been wanting to create a bib front top with pin tucks since November. My husband encouraged me to include the pocket when I was second guessing myself, so it was carefully removed from the original and attached to the new front. The button hole side of the front placket became the perfect ribbon detail edge after new button holes were added to increase the amount of ribbon weaving. And the detailing on the sleeves is the original cuff placket, upside down - maybe my favorite detail of the entire shirt. The shorts and boots use warm soft flannel. The shorts feature box pleated front and pockets with ribbon detail and sweet silver buttons.
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