Instead, I took to browsing op shop clothing racks for an interesting colour or pattern, and found this short sleeve XL shirt in Savers. Boring shape, great print.
I had enough fabric to completely re-construct the shirt into a Sorbetto blouse. I wear the blouse to show how it looks now, although bear in mind it is not actually made to fit me.
I've removed the sleeves, stitched them back on but shorted their length, moved the front of the shirt to the back of the blouse (buttons down the back), and for the first time, I've made my own bias tape to close the raw edged neckline, with the help of my iron, and a nifty little bias tape maker (thanks Skippingtail for the tip on nifty tape maker, and thanks to Miss P for her masking tape tip too) similar to this...
Image c/o Susie can Stitch
So there it is, a gift of a refashion. Readers, I've wondered how you might feel on giving, or receiving, a gift of a thrift refashion? Would it depend on the person receiving? Would you feel frugal giving a refashioned garment? I have deliberated such questions, but I consider the time, and thought gone into making a personal piece, and remove my doubts. How do you feel about a thrift refashion gift?