End of Semester and a Refashion

Phew!  I’ve been a bit busy lately.  I’ve just finished all my exams for my first semester of nursing and I finally can do what’s really important – sew!

I’ve actually made a surprising amount in the last few weeks.  It turns out my form of procastination is now sewing.  A giant exam tomorrow that I think I might fail?  Sounds like a perfect time to whip up a(nother) Scout Tee!  Need a 10 minute study break?  Hmm, it’ll take at least 3 hours to refashion this men’s shirt – make that a 3 hour break.

You can imagine how much study I’ve gotten done.

But I digress.

Like a lot of people I’ve been following Miss P’s “The Refashioners” series and I was completely inspired by Tasha’s skirt-from-men’s-shirt refashion.  So I went down to my favourite op shop and started scouting through the men’s section.  (As a side note, I’ve found it very difficult to look for items to refashion at the op shop.  I find there’s always a sweet old lady volunteering who tells me nicely that I’m looking in the men’s section, or the plus-sized section.  And then it’s just awkward when I try to explain what I’m doing.)checkered-placket

Anyway, I found a nice XXL shirt for $2.50, took it home, washed it and hung it inside to dry (it was raining).  I’d picked a very similar shirt to the inspiration one (red plaid) and was pretty set to be a complete copy cat.

And despite all my intentions of following the great instructions Tasha posted, the longer it hung there, the more I saw it as a blouse.


So, one day in the heights of my procastination, I took out my Colette Sorbetto pattern and turned it into a top.

I’ve always really liked the look of buttons down the back of a blouse, a la Tilly’s Mathilde blouse or the Datura by Deer and Doe.  I’ve had vague plans of adding a placket and back buttons to the Sorbetto at one time or another, but never really got round to it.

But, here I had a premade placket, premade buttonholes (I’m yet to master the one-step buttonholes on my Bernina – really, you’d think it would be pretty easy, given that I barely have to do anything) and I even reused the existing hem.checkered-back

So here it is!


It’s a tad more sack-like than I would have liked – a drapier fabric would pr  obably be better.  But meh, I’m happy.  It looks good tucked in, which is how I wear most of my tops these days anyway.

My boyfriend told me it looks like I’m wearing a tablecloth.  It’s a testament to how much I like this blouse that I told him I look fabulous and not like a table.  🙂

I made an adjustment this time too – I added 3″ to the bottom.  My last Sorbetto was much too short for me to wear comfortably over shorts.  This one is a fraction long though, so I’ll probably just add 2″ next time.

Oh, and I still don’t particularly like the front pleat, so I skipped that again.

So, despite the fact that this is a hundred miles away from my original plans, I really do like it.  And I’ll probably end up doing the skirt refashion at some time or another – I still love the look of it!

The Refashioned Monstrosity of Colour

I saw this in the op shop for about $2 and really, just couldn’t leave it there.


I mean, sure, some might say it’s frightfully ugly (actually, the cashier did, when I bought it), but look at those COLOURS!  You may be able to tell that I liked the fabric.  Sure, it’s ghastly.  But in an awesome kind of way.

So I made it mine, and we went home.

I hacked out the shoulder pads, cut off the jersey waist, took in the side seams, hacked off the sleeves and was left with this…


This was an awkward progress shot as I tried to figure out how to get rid of the flaps of excess fabric under my arms.  It’s super obvious on the left.

Well, this may seem obvious, but the moment when I went “OMG, DARTS!”  was probably one of the bigger epiphanies of my sewing career so far.  I figured something out!  Woohoo!

I added the darts, but by this point the shirt was so short that it was pretty much unwearable (for me… I don’t do the belly thing).  So I took a cue from the original garment and added a jersey band.  It kind of looks like a maternity top when I wear it without it tucked in.  But it’s kind of cute tucked in, don’t you think?