Refashion: Long Tailed Shirt

Sometimes a few minor tweaks is all it takes to bring a charity shop find (£1.50) bang up to date. This polka dot shirt had a lovely drape. Even the fact that it was XXL was not a problem in itself as it just meant that it had that slouchy feel that I am most at home in; and I loved the fabric. Lightweight. Drapey. Perfect. After a couple of tweeks with the proportions that is…

I turned the original sleeve hem to the outside and edge stitched to a) marginally shorten the sleeve and b) create a faux cuff/turn up…

Split the side seam, left the back hem the length it was and re hemmed the front approx. 2″ shorter…

…and that quite literally…was IT! Subtle changes but eminently more wearable 🙂

Sincere apologies for the grainy images. I need to work on some lighting  at the new house. This is literally the only spot where I have a clear, plain backdrop to do garment pics. The window is along the same wall to my left and is west facing so the light is especially AWFUL at this time of year. Boo to grey winter days. After several weeks of varying degrees of illness in this household, I’m sooooo ready for spring to bloom, aren’t you?


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  1. acraftyscientist January 12, 2015

    Love the shirt: I have been seeing shirts with dots everywhere on the high st. And love the new blog look!

  2. Louise Perry January 12, 2015

    Great job.

  3. Katie M January 12, 2015

    Amazing the difference shortening the front made. I thought you must have made added some darts.

  4. January 13, 2015

    I am loving this shirt, such simple changes resulting in such a stunning look.

  5. January 13, 2015

    Such a smart refashion! It looks infinitely better with the small changes you made. Also, I love your hair!

  6. Annabellouise January 13, 2015

    Clever changes. You have really updated the shirt and given it a bit of shape. Lovely,

  7. Joyce Montgomery January 13, 2015

    Amazing difference two inches can make! It’s lovely and wearable now, looks lovely on you

  8. Rebecca Strickland March 30, 2015

    I have two that I have had for sometime and have worn a lot that I am going to do this to. It will give them a new perkier look.

    • portia March 31, 2015

      Such an easy way to update it:)


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