Is it just me, or does everyone have a basket/pile/box/bin of clothes that are technically unwearable as-is, but have tons of potential if reinvented? (I guess I shouldn't admit that I actually have three bins full of such articles...) These four unlovely and unloved shirts came from one of my bins. Two of them were previously- loved shirts of mine (from an earlier fashion- phase), and two were pre- loved shirts from D.I ($1 each).
I drafted a little pattern for baby leggings and transformed this shirt into a cute pair of lace-bottomed, ruffle-bummed girl leggings (for Marissa's baby, of course)!
With plenty of leftover fabric, I created this flower headband to match!
Using the same leggings pattern I drafted earlier, I transformed this stretched out sequin trim shirt from "Closet Disco Wannabe" to "Subtle Sparkling Diva"! Both pairs of leggings were soooo easy to make, since I didn't have to hem the legs- I just used the fun trims.
I believe this shirt was previously a men's size large which had shrunk in the dryer. I used a T-shirt that I like the size of as a pattern to cut this shirt down to size. Of the plentiful fabric scraps left over, I made the flower, stem, and leaves, which I pinned down and sewed over with contrasting thread.
This pink shirt was a women's size XL which had also shrunk in the washer (I'm assuming, since it fit me just fine when I bought it at D.I.) I used more of the scraps from the white shirt (which I cut into long strips) to make the swirly designs- you can see how I pinned them onto the shirt on the top right of the picture below. I also added a little modesty panel because I really hate layering shirts. I didn't bother trying to keep the white strips straight; I figured it would have more character if I twisted, and turned the fabric. I sewed with white thread down the middle of each strip. This one took a little more time than the rest, but still probably close to an hour, so not too bad! Since I have worn and washed it a couple times now, I like how the swirls look even more than that "brand new" look.
Want to see some of my other women's shirt transformations?
Check out this flutter sleeve refashion, this quick modesty refashion, the stripey shirt refashion, this awesome spring shirt refashion, and, should you be interested, a regular T-shirt turned nursing shirt.
Do you have any go-to refashion techniques for shirts?!
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