So what does a DIY girl such as myself do when they are feeling nautical?
Refashion of course!
Start with a thrift store t shirt.
First, alter your shirt to fit if need be.
(You can find a resizing tutorial here.)
Then for stability and a flat painting surface, slip cut to fit cardboard inside shirt and sleeves.
On the front and back of the shirt and sleeves, draw a line every inch using a fabric marking pen and clear ruler.
Use a small brush to paint your lines.
I used Tulip brand Soft Fabric Paint in Marine Blue. I did water it down a bit. One and a half ounces of the paint did the trick.
Choose a few wooden buttons for the shoulders.
I was lucky enough to get a visit from the Button Fairy a few months ago.
I found three buttons I like and sewed them on one shoulder.
And now I’m ready to launch!!.
I could have bought this shirt at Saint James for $130.00
But instead, thanks to Justine at Sew Country Chick I was inspired to make my own for $1.50.
Priceless! Thanks Justine!!
Some more refashion tutorials you might like: