Throwback Saturday: Shirt Redesign


polkadot shirt redesign tutorial

“Life is trying things to see if they work.”

-Ray Bradbury

This shirt and post are the perfect examples of Ray Bradbury’s quote. When I started out redesigning this huge shirt,

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

I wasn’t really sure where I was going with it. I knew it needed to be smaller. But other than that, it was just trying things to see if they worked.

I love how the sleeves turned out, but that only happened after several different attempts at sleeve treatments.

Not to mention, I tried an animated GIF to see if it would work.

It did.

SAH-WHEAT!!!!

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If you’re interested in learning how to make an animated GIF, go to gickr.com.  It’s SUPER fun and easy to do.

Now on to redesigning this huge polka dot shirt.

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

 polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

Right sides together, pin and sew the sleeves back into the armhole.

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

Now, excuse me while I go find that ruggedly handsome contractor husband of mine. He needs to take me out to dinner in my new shirt.

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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32 Responses to Throwback Saturday: Shirt Redesign

  1. Linda B says:

    Very clever! Thanks!

  2. Amy says:

    This is fabulous! From ugly step-sister shirt to Cinderella blouse!

  3. Jennifer H. says:

    Yes. Very nice. I’m going to try your smitten pattern too!

  4. Tamara Alaine Mitchell says:

    OMG. This is so great! I have three HUGE blouses that I bought several years ago and I wear them with leggings and usually a belt. I bought them because they have great fabric and are long enough to work as tunics, but they are truly shapeless and made for 3X women. FUN!!

  5. Gayle says:

    Congrats! You did a wonderful job on that shirt!

  6. Lisa B says:

    For me, it’s all about the fabric so when I find a great shirt but it’s too large now I’m inspired!

  7. Kathi says:

    Wow,what a transformation,great job!! I have a couple of mens plaid shirts here that i’m going to transform when i get some time.I really like plaids and you don’t find many womens shirts in plaids and when you do,they,ll cost you an arm ,a leg and a pint of blood,so i get mine this way..Isn’t it wonderful to know how to sew??
    Tfs

  8. sue says:

    I love what you did with that blouse. I love seeing how you did it. So many things on alterations these days are just “slap a patch on it” with big stitches and wha hoo”…. No this old gal, You are just my style 🙂

  9. Catherine says:

    Lovely: I must try this, thank-you for the directions.

    Catherine

  10. Reppel says:

    This is so cute! I love it!

  11. Mary says:

    I see when you cut the top of the sleeve off, you cut a Narrower strip on the underarm side. What was the reason for this?

    Btw, I Love what you did, this is AWESOME!

  12. Jean Feller says:

    I wanted to enter in your newest Refashion Runway. Did I miss the entry date? Can’t seem to find the announcement on your page anymore. Thanks!!

  13. Cindy Emmerson says:

    I love your instinct and willingness to follow it to design something beautiful that suits you. Great job!

  14. Jenn says:

    LOVE the redesign, great job!

  15. Melody says:

    I am in LOVE with this!! Thank you!!!

  16. ooobop! says:

    This totally makes me want to bunk off work and run to a charity shop to find a mans shirt. So super styish. I love it! x

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