The Refashioners 2015 – Sally


The raw materials for my refashion were chosen and sent to me by Elisalex from By Hand London. As you can see, naughty Elisalex (never one to play by the rules) selected not one but two shirts in similar sizes and colour schemes.CHARITY SHOP CHIC - THE REFASHIONERS 2015

One shirt was stripy taupe and white.CHARITY SHOP CHIC - THE REFASHIONERS 2015

The other was also taupe and white, but a subtle dotted pattern. The fabric was thinner and had an element of stretch to it.CHARITY SHOP CHIC - THE REFASHIONERS 2015

I don’t know how she found two shirts in the exact same colours, but she’s right, they were destined to be together.

My ideas for combining contrasting fabrics in shirts were limited to bowling shirts and cowboy/country and western shirts. Since I already have a bowling shirt in my wardrobe, I went for a cowboy shirt.

To combine pieces of one shirt with pieces of another, some fairly drastic shirt surgery was required. I started by amputating the sleeves from both shirts.

I cut the yoke from the donor (stripy shirt), leaving a pointy edge.  I just cut this by eye, but I did fold the shirt over to try and make it the same on the left and right.CHARITY SHOP CHIC - THE REFASHIONERS 2015

Then I pinned the donated yoke to the recipient shirt and cut roughly around it.CHARITY SHOP CHIC - THE REFASHIONERS 2015

I prepared the yoke for transplant by folding up 5mm and pressing. Then I grafted it onto the recipient with white topstitching.CHARITY SHOP CHIC - THE REFASHIONERS 2015

CHARITY SHOP CHIC - THE REFASHIONERS 2015I also took the opportunity to do some minor cosmetic work; taking in the sides under the arms and using bias tape to finish the armholes.CHARITY SHOP CHIC - THE REFASHIONERS 2015

I made flat felled seams at the sides, in keeping with the original shirt.

For decoration, I added some basic hand embroidery (chain stitch only) in a contrasting shade of pink.


I also cut off the buttons and added pink ones, which I think really helps distance it from its origins.CHARITY SHOP CHIC - THE REFASHIONERS 2015 (10)

Overall I like the look of it but now seeing these pictures, it’s crying out for some pink piping to emphasise the yoke shape – I may add that at some point.CHARITY SHOP CHIC - THE REFASHIONERS 2015

All in all, a successful transplant!

Thanks Portia for inviting me to be a part of the series again, I had a blast!

Thank you Sally!! And congratulations on your nuptuals!! (Psss…Sally only went and got married 2 days ago peops!!) Love the way these 2 prints complement eachother. Combining shirts is a great way to give yourself more fabric to work with and add visual interest. This has me thinking….you could probably take two shirts…do this for both….and still end up with 2 shirts with the colour/print blocking in the opposite configuration!  Hmmmmm…….

You can find Sally here and here. And don’t forget amazing prizes to be won as part of The Refashioners 2015 Community Challenge. Including a copy of Sally’s Bellini shirt pattern! So get involved for a chance to win!!! Grab a shirt and get refashioning! You have until Sunday 27th Sept to enter! Stay tuned for more inspiration throughout the WHOLE of August!

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  1. Wendy Ward August 23, 2015

    Cute! What a brilliant interpretation.

  2. Patti August 23, 2015

    Like the combination of two fabrics and the addition of pink buttons and embroidery! You are brave to do it freehand!!

  3. Helen S August 23, 2015

    Is it wrong to have favourites? You decide, but being more familiar with Sally’s excellent previous work this was the one I was looking forward to with the most anticipation. The before shirts look like fairly standard nice but boring jobs but at least there were two of them to work with, or maybe there was the the burden of two of them to work with. I agree pink piping would look good, so please stop messing about with distractions like getting married and get it sorted.

  4. Zoe August 24, 2015

    Super cute! Love the western shirt vibe

  5. sonja August 25, 2015

    Well done refashion. Love the yokes and the embroidered flowers.

  6. Sasha August 26, 2015

    those two fabrics look perfect together and the pink buttons and embroidery are just the cherry on top!


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