Let me start by saying this takes some time IF you are a beginner like me.
Before you start looking at the pictures, although I’m sure you have already done so, it is best to visualize the process in your own words. I say this because there may be a better or easier way to do this.
- Thrifted blouse with pizzazz (random noun…I know)
- Chalk for tracing (Although I used a pencil. HAHA. Can you tell I’m a beginner)
- Scissors and/or a Seam Ripper
- Sewing Machine (Although very possible to do by hand)
This is a plain polyester blend blouse. It is non-stretchy, which means it took me a couple trys to make it the right size.
This is the back. As you can see, it has some great detail. Right up my style alley!
I found a shirt that fit me, placed it on top, and traced. Again, because the blouse is polyester, and I used a cotton tee for tracing, I had to add about an inch to the trace line. This was definitely trial and error. The first time I did this, my husband had to help me out of the shirt. Scary.
Next I cut out the sleeves, shoulder pads (will use later), and the shoulder seams. I folded and pinned the flaps of fabric so that it would be ready for sewing. (See next image)
After pinning the front flaps, I cut the shape of the back as so. Again, I pinned the flaps of fabric down in preparation for sewing. Is this clear?
-Please let me know if you’re stuck. I will be happy to help.
—Send me a pic if you completed this one.
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Love this refashion! I hope you don’t mind but I’d love to post a link to this on The Refashion Co-ops Facebook page. I’m one of the editors and we’re always looking for innovative refashionistas.
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That’s crazy good. Can’t wait to try it!
Thanks Letitia. Just finished watching one of your youtube videos. Very nice.
Found this post via Creatively in Fashion – this is an incredibly chic top! I’m definitely whipping one up. I love the covered button placket, so slick!
Please send pics!
I love this…haven’t sewn in years and only sporadically then. I love thrifting and will be on the lookout for a similiar blouse to recreate your fabulous refashion! Thank you. (Next year, I will be getting married and my blouse re-creation is destined for my trosseau…perfect for our honeymoon!)
When you find one, please send photos. I’d love to see how it turns out.
WOW! I totally love that blouse! Soooo adorable!! ?___?
Thank you Anna.
Whitney, I don’t know if you’re still using this site, and this is kind of a random question, but with a back like that, how do you manage the bra situation?
I didn’t have any issues with the bra. The back is not as low as it may appear.
Thanks! Making my own right now!
Can I make this in a XXL men’s long sleeve? Which is super large for me.
Taking in the sides will prevent you from flashing anyone. Send pictures if you complete this one.
I love this so much. I was looking for something to do with my white blouse. starting now.
Send a pic if you complete this one. I’d love to see it! Let me know if you need help.
Hi, thanks for sharing that shirt looks gorgeous on youu! posted a little link to this on my latest blog entry. happy to be your newest follower. thanks for the inspiration, I will surely be doing it when I find a suitable shirt. I will let you know the outcome. xx
Alice Barton ? TheMowWay
My pleasure Alice! I look forward to seeing it.
So cute. Great job!
I love this tutorial! Can’t wait to try it out. Also, I really like your hair!!
Thank you Claire! Send me a picture if you do try it.
How did you make the shirt more fitted? Did you do that before working on cutting the top? I really want to try this but am confused at that part! Thanks in advance for your help! (:
Hey, thanks for your tutorial. I love this idea and I tried my best :) I hope it’s okay, that I recommend your tutorial.
regards from Germany, Luisa
Glad you liked it and shared it!
Hi! I love this idea!!! I need a little help… What are the measures in the back??? Thanks!!!
Good question. I would say about 20-24 inches. Let me know if you need more help?
So beautiful! Thank you. xo
Adorable! I love that you are so fearless.
Hi Nancy! Thank you.