Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Flannel Shirt Refashion

Recently, on a trip to our local Harley Davidson dealership, or should I say our local Harley Davidson clothing store, I saw this cute yet slutty looking flannel halter type shirt for sale. I didn't bother looking at the price tag because I already knew that it cost more than I was willing to pay for it. What I did look at was the overall construction of the shirt and I thought, "I can make that"! This is a commonly occurring thought that I have whenever I go shopping, but this time, I followed through with it and I would like to share my creation with you.

So after we got home from the Harley shop, I looked in my closet and found that not only did I have a cute flannel shirt that I could use, but I had 3 cute flannel shirts that I could use. I chose the orange flannel shirt as a sort of guinea pig for my little experiment.

I started by using a tank top that I knew fit me and I initially began by tracing the open arm areas of the tank top so that I could transfer the pattern onto the orange shirt.

I began with a pattern, but I actually saw that the pattern didn't line up as nicely as I would have liked, so I just kind of winged it and used disappearing ink to eyeball the general outline of the tank top shape onto the front and the back of the orange shirt. I have highlighted my guesstimates in black on the photo since the purple disappearing ink is pretty faint.

From there, I cut out the sleeve area that I marked off with the disappearing ink.

Next I used my serger to sew around the areas that I had just cut. After that, I turned the serged edge under and created a small hem around the, now larger, arm hole areas.

After trying the shirt on with all of my alterations, I saw that I needed to add a small dart on either side of the chest area, since it hung a little too loose for my comfort there. You can see the finished dart here.

And here are some pics of my finished, not-so-slutty tank top flannel shirt. I may try to recreate the slutty Harley Davidson version later on, now that I have a bit of confidence built up from this successful refashion.

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  1. Wow! I am a huge fan of anything that involves recycling,thanks!

  2. Nifty cool! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Very nicely done. I just may have to give it a try.