I have a stack of a few of my Paw-Paw’s old shirts that I’ve been planning on redesigning into something I can wear. I finally finished one of them!! I can’t wait to wear it!
This shirt is a men’s XL light brown/almost tan & white stripe shirt made by Kingsport. It's a relatively lightweight fabric, which meant when I was taking it apart at the seams, I had to use scissors instead of a seam ripper because the seam ripper made the thread pull on the fabric too much.
Anywho, so here is the summary of before and after…
I took off the pocket, removed the top part of the collar, made little seams on the front and back to pull the shirt in to a gather, and put slits in the side since the shirt was so long. (It should probably be classified as a tunic really!)
This project involved removing almost ever pre-sewn seam from the shirt, altering, and re-sewing it! It was a lot of fun!
Pinning the shirt to see how many gathers I would need in order to pull the sleeves up to my shoulders.
See? I wasn’t kidding when I said I took out most of the seams! :) This made sewing the pleats easier.
Now, instead of a men’s XL, it’s more of a women’s Medium! I love it!