Continuing with my goal of practicing sewing shirts on a shoestring budget, I found this shirt at my local thrift shop.
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The “fabric” met my selection criteria:
- Knit fabric with medium weight (avoid slinky slimy fabrics for now)
- Fair stretchability: At least 20%
- Classy combination of navy blue and white makes it perfect for a nautical style shirt
- The original shirt was really beat up around the neckline but the rest of it was in excellent condition: no stains, no holes, plenty of fabric real estate to work with
As soon as I came home, I washed my thrifty findings. Did not need to press this fabric at all.
Original Piece Overview:
I will leave the hem at the bottom of the shirt intact as it looks in great shape.
Preparing the Fabric to repurpose the thrifty shirt:
After cutting sleeves, shoulder seams, side seams, I fold the fabric on the wrong side.
Lay out my favorite shirt pattern and cut with rotary cutter:
For stretchy fabrics, try leaving at least 1/4″ seam allowance. Because I will be working with striped fabric, I must make sure that before I cut front and back pieces, the stripes are aligning and the finished hems are matching perfectly.
Cut sleeve to desired length:
Use the sleeve of the shirt to cut sleeves for your repurposed shirt. I prefer short sleeves so I will use a pattern for a short sleeve.
Stabilize the neckline:
I traced the neckline front and back from the pattern and used fabric leftovers. I need to do this because is tricky to sew around corners on a square neckline. You want to take care of inserting the fabric facing on the neckline before sewing the sleeves.
Now that the fabric preparation is done, I am ready to sew.