Red Bow Shirt Refashion

Monday, February 4, 2013

The day has finally arrived, I sent Junior RF off on his first day at 'big boy' Kinder (as he calls it).  In preparation for school next year, he'll be at Preschool 15 hours a week.  That's quite a big deal considering  two of those days are similar to primary school hours.  I'm excited for him, it is a big step in his little life, he's growing up.

What do you think the first thing I did after kissing him farewell and walking home?  I uncovered and set up my sewing machine for the first time in months.  I have many sewing projects I'd like to complete, most of which are for others, but this, the first sewing project for 2013, is for me.

You may recall a 'vintage' red shirt I recently found for $2.50 in a locally run op shop. I must admit, I'm a sucker for a pussy bow shirt, (if you're not familiar with the term 'pussy bow' don't be alarmed, its perfectly clean, see example here) which was my attraction to this blouse, and those shiny gold buttons are pretty special too. The shirt is a handmade piece, complete with impressive french seam finishes.

So here you'll see my plans for the red shirt, as per the dotted line:

Here's how it turned out:

To get from A to B, here's what I did:

Step 1. remove sleeves.  I started using a seam ripper, but got bored, so got out the scissors instead:

Step 2. Dusted off The Mummy duct tape mannequin, and dressed her with the red shirt sans sleeves, inside out:

Step 3. Using safety pins, I've pinned all the way down each side of The Mummy, to establish where I'd need to cut to size:

Step 4. Removed pinned shirt from The Mummy, and cut off excess fabric approximately an inch away from the safety pins:

Step 5. Removed safety pins, and finished off raw edges. Call me lazy, but I really didn't want to change the colour of four threads on my overlocker for one red garment, so instead, I've used the zig-zag stitch finish using my standard sewing machine:

Final step. Hemmed, stitched sides together, and locate a suitable skirt to match top:

Small adjustment, big change.

PS, I like wearing red, do you?

Shared with Lakota's Ta-dah Tuesday


Misfits Vintage said...

Holy guacamole - this fantastic and you are super clever and yes, I wear red ALL THE TIME!

Sarah xxx

A Christy Production said...

Looks fab! I don't wear red very often but should because it always looks so bright and fun and cheerful. I need to be braver with my sewing ventures I think!

Niki said...

That's cute! I love the bow at the collar!


List Addict said...

Looks fabulous with that skirt! Red is such fun to wear although I am quite partial to its cousin pink.

Patti said...

Great transformation, Erica. I love a blouse with a bow : >

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Looks great on you; both style and colour. I like to wear red.

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

You are so talented, I'm in awe. Hope Junior is enjoying being a big boy, and you are continuing to love the peace. We're on first day of half term here, so my days of peace are gone!

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