The first challenge of Refashion Runway was so much fun, and I was so inspired by all the plaid outfits! (Voting is open until Friday, September 27 - don't miss your chance!) In fact, now that I'm conscious of this trend, I've been noticing more and more people wearing plaid in my day-to-day. So I decided to do another quick plaid remake from another one of my husband's never-worn shirts. When I first pulled this guy out, I hated it. It was the ugliest plaid I'd ever seen. Then, when I opened up my sewing closet a couple days later and saw it hanging there, it had magically grown on me. I'm not sure how this happened, but seemingly out of nowhere, I really liked it! Weird, huh?
As with my previous project, step one was pocket and sleeve removal. Unlike my previous project, I kept the collar and yoke intact. I'm aiming for a quick and easy refashion here, basically just sizing it down for me. Don't want to steal too much time away from working on next week's challenge!
Next I cut my new sleeves out of the existing sleeves. I want to preserve the cuff but have them end up being 3/4-length, so I measured up from the cuff and mirrored the curve of the original sleeve cap when I cut the top off.
I sewed up my new side seams.
Then I got to re-attaching my sleeves. I want to button detail on the cuffs to be featured on the front of my arms, rather than hidden on the backs of my elbows. So I switched the left and right sleeves. With my shirt inside-out, I inserted a right-side-out sleeve into the armhole and carefully pinned it in place. I added a few tiny pleats at the top of each shoulder to absorb some of the extra fabric, and also to give it a little feminine touch.
I grabbed the old pocket from my scrap pile, ironed out the folds, and then cut just inside the old fold line. I want to keep the pocket but make it smaller to match my shrunken shirt.
I pressed my edges under, pinned it to my shirt, and sewed it back on. You can see the wrinkled outline of where the original pocket was, but don't worry - those will come out just fine with a quick ironing.
For the final touch, I removed the extra adjustability button from each cuff and sewed it onto vertical slit a little higher up, through both layers of fabric. True, I won't be able to unbutton that button, but that's just fine with me and it keeps that slit from gaping when I bend my elbow.
And now it's finished!
The smaller pocket is much better proportioned now. Plus, offsetting the plaid pattern makes it pop a little more, where it used to just blend right in.
I think I like it better untucked, but it's cute tucked in as well.
Here you see the repositioned buttons, and there are those tiny shoulder pleats I was telling you about.
On an unrelated note, I've been messing around with the blog design over the last couple days, going for something a little cleaner, more simplistic. What do you think?