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(Hint of) Vintage Shirt Refashion

vintage shirt refashion

Today’s refashion doesn’t include a skirt…just to forewarn you!  But I modeled the finished product with a skirt, so you wouldn’t go into withdrawal.  Because I am 6 feet tall, I have all sorts of clothing problems.  Not only are clothes generally too short in length, but sleeves are also too short and shoulders are rarely wide enough.  So I have a few options: end up looking like I’m wearing my daughter’s clothes, buy specialty (read: very expensive) clothes, or I sew or refashion my own clothing.  Today I present you a refashion of two shirts.

vintage shirt refashionThe first shirt was an Abercrombie number I picked up at a second hand store because I loved the vintage print on it.  And the sleeves were (almost!) long enough.

Old Navy shirt refashionThe second shirt was actually an Old Navy tall that I ordered, but the shoulders were still too narrow.  Common occurrence for me.

Both of these shirts were made of very lightweight, thin material, so they had to be layered for modesty sake anyway.  So in honor of (Hint of) Vintage week I decided to refashion the two not-working shirts in to one that I would actually wear because they fit!  Novel idea, I know, I know!

I’m not going to go through all the steps because there ended up being so many I can’t remember them all, and also it was the sort of project where you do a step, try it on, tweak it a little, sew another step, try it on, etc. until you H.A.T.E. the thing so bad you think you’ll just throw it away!  This usually happens to me when I’m making something for myself, does it happen to you?  But I’ve found if I take that hated garment and put it away out of sight when I’m finished for a few weeks/months, then when I discover it again I’m amazed at this great garment I made because I’ve forgotten all the mistakes and reasons I hated it!  Does that ever happen to you, or is it just me?

vintage shirt refashionLooking at the after pictures, it looks just like I’m layering two shirts, so maybe I’ll end up wearing it after all.  I did make the shoulders wider, the top longer, and bigger around to accommodate my new nursing sized chest.

vintage shirt refashionI have one more question for you, do you think I should wear this with the green skirt or the blue one?  That is, if I ever decide to pull it out from the back of the closet where I’ve relegated it for the time being!  I do love that vintage print though…

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Abercrombie Mini Skirt Makeover – Short to Shining

Today, we have a skirt refashion for you that will knock your socks off!  We found a super cute mini skirt by Abercrombie at Salvation Army for $2.00.  Can’t beat that!  The problem wasn’t the price or the fantastic details, it was the length.  When you are 6 feet tall with a 36″ inseam, your legs are so long they look scrawny when sticking out of the bottom of a mini skirt!  Either that or like you are trying to squeeze into your daughter’s clothing!

Just look at the detail on those pockets!
Just look at the detail on those pockets!

If it wasn’t the chunky buttons we fell in love with, it was the pockets for sure!

So here’s what we did:

Step 1: Measure bottom of Abercrombie mini skirt.

Step 2: Use that measurement to create a tube from this fantastic fabric I found at JoAnn’s Fabrics.  It was one of those fabrics that when I saw it I knew I had to have it, and would figure out some use for it later!  I mean check out those sequins and that embroidery!  I simply cannot resist corduroy! But I digress!

Step 3: Sew fabric tube onto bottom of Abercrombie mini.

Step 4: Cut out denim strips, sew them together, gather, then sew to bottom of brown layer.

How about that for a good looking skirt makeover?

Kicking up my heels with delight!
Kicking up my heels with delight!

Total cost: $2.00  (Not counting the cost of the fabric…I don’t remember what it cost, and since it was part of my stash, I’m not counting it!)

Total time: Approximately 1 hour

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

Abercrombie Mini Skirt - Short to Shining
Abercrombie Mini Skirt – Short to Shining

I can’t wait for fall to wear this denim/corduroy combo!  As cool as the summer has been, maybe I can get by with it sooner!  So what do you think?  Did you prefer the short mini before, or the shining, sparkling, superb after?  Vote and then let us know why you chose that one in the comments section.

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