Mr T has finally let me refashion some of his tired work shirts, which I am super excited about as I have been bugging him for ages to let me use some of the older ones to have a play with.

I saw this top on Pinterest and thought I could give it a go.
These are the steps I took to do it, but you can refer to the above tutorial for more help.

First I cut off the sleeves on both sides.

I then folded the edges over twice to the outside and pinned them.

The colour of the inside was pretty cool and vibrant so I left it like that.

I then sewed it down with a straight stitch.

I then cut off the collar.

The first time I did this I didn't go low enough, and had to re cut it below the back yoke of the shirt to make it sit better.

I then folded the front and back top parts over twice about 2cm to the front  and sewed it down with a straight stitch. 

This makes a tunnel to thread through cord/ribbon to make the shoulder straps.

I then cut the sleeve material in a spiral to get a really long continuous bit of material about 1.5cm wide.

I folded it in half and over locked the rough edge to make a sturdy cord.

I then cut the cord in half and used one half to thread through the front and back top tunnels.

I used the second half as a tie around my waist.

I really love wearing this top as it is really nice and loose to wear on hot days.

I actually have been wearing it inside out as the inside stitching is really neat and the colours of the inside are so much more vibrant.

But when I wear it the right way you can see the buttons and the inside parts are visible at the arm holes and neck as a sort of bias biding look.

Here is a photo with my lovely Nana and my new top on Christmas eve, which was a very hot day, so I loved having the coolness around my shoulders and loose fitting around my abdomen.

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01/03/2013 5:10am

Very clever refashion, Lisa! Perfect for our current hot Summer weather.

01/03/2013 8:18am

Thanks for your lovely comments Pam

01/04/2013 6:13pm

I pinned this on my Repurposed Clothes Board: I would love if you would share this with us at Eco Kids too:

01/04/2013 9:20pm

Sure thing Becki - I love the things you have done with snow on your blog!

01/07/2013 12:00pm

Thanks for linking up and for the kind words! I hope you'll join us again tomorrow.

01/07/2013 7:17pm

AND I'm featuring this tomorrow!

01/05/2013 3:39am

Hi Lisa, I've featured your refashion today...

01/05/2013 9:07am

Thanks so much - This is the first time I have been featured, Pretty exciting for a new blogger like me, you have made my day

01/05/2013 9:44am

Wow, for being new to sewing you did an excellent job! I have been wanting to refashion some old blouses etc... but do not have the guts!!
I would love it if you considered follownig me.

01/05/2013 10:24am

Thanks Nina, I just decided not to be scared about wrecking clothes I hadn't worn for years. It's all a bit of trial and error for me. Your blog ideas are great. Will start following you today!

01/06/2013 12:00am

I love this. I love seeing other NZers getting out blogging and doing things creatively through recycling

01/06/2013 11:05am

Yay another kiwi! Your blog is great I love the cutlery hooks

01/07/2013 5:52pm

Well done! I LOVE repurposing old clothes into new. Thanks for sharing it with us at Eco-Kid Tuesday!

01/09/2013 2:27am

What an amazing transformation for the shirt! It looks great and I would never have guessed it had a prior identity.

01/10/2013 9:20am

Great idea that I had to pin!

01/10/2013 12:51pm

Thanks for all your lovely comments. I have managed to get another shirt to refashion now so will have to find something cool to do with it

06/02/2013 6:52pm

This looks great! I'm so glad I found your blog :)


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