|from the Buckle|
I was going to use the brown shirt for the ruffles on the bottom. I didn't plan on doing the ruffles on the sleeves or the fabric around the collar. So, it seemed like an easier reconstruction. To start off I took the sleeves, pocket, and collar off with my seam ripper...ok maybe not a seam ripper but I have not been able to find my seam ripper in over a month!
|body of shirt minus the sleeves, collar, and pocket|
|collar pieces...I will be using these again|
I then found the verticle center of the shirt and the middle of the collar and pinned the two together.
This next part I kinda reverse the belt part compared to the inspirational shirt. The only reason I did this was well.....because it was easier for me to do. I created it in two parts. Here is the first.
|find the center of the back of the shirt|
|I pinned it so I knew where it was|
|found the center of the piece of collar fabric|
|pinned the two middle spots together|
Then, after I measured from the bottom of the shirt to the safety pin I measured the sides the same way to make sure the piece of collar was going to be straight across. I then pinned the sides of the collar fabric to the sides of the shirt.
|pinned the side after measuring from the bottom|
|pinned the other side|
|pinning the collar fabric to the back left side you want to do this on both sides|
|pinning the collar fabric to the middle of the back of the shirt|
|I then pinched what extra fabric there was in the middle and pinned|
My next step was the sleeves. They were probably the easiest thing for me to do! I used the existing sleeves and folded them in half like this and stuffed them into the shirt.
Yeah, I know poor picture, but here is a video to hopefully help you see it a little better
The next thing I started to work on was the collar. I was originally just going to make it more like the inspiration shirt by rounding it just a bit....but I took my shirt in too much! Yeah, a newbie mistake. So, to keep myself from busting out of the shirt, I had to alter my collar and the front of the shirt. I started by putting the shirt on inside out and pinning it trying to make it look cute and even. Then, I sewed it using this foot which folded the seam over for me
It was as simple as that. Here is the picture of the pinned shirt.
|I actually cut of as much as I could before sewing it.|
Remember that belt? Here is how I made the second part of the belt. I cut sections of the left over fabric from the sleeves and sewed them together making 6 strips long enough, if attached to my side, it could reach past my other side if stretched across the front. Then I took 3 of those 6 strips and braided them together and sewed the ends to make them look a little prettier. I repeated the braiding on the other 3 strips. Then I sewed them to the sides of the shirt where the collar fabric that was sewed to the back of the shirt touched. I sewed a button on each side to add a small embellishment and that completed my belt.
Remember that brown shirt at the beginning? I was going to make that the pleats on the bottom of the button up. Well, that was the part that I failed miserably at. After cutting up sections of the fabric and trying and trying to make the pleats, I decided I didn't have enough fabric to make the pleats the way I wanted them to look. So, I trashed the idea of the pleats but still wanted some type of girly aspect to the shirt. So, I decided to go with a fabric flower using the brown shirt. Here is the tutorial, from Tea Rose Home, I used to help me make my flower and here are some pictures of my flower while I was making it.
So here is the moment where I paparazzi'd myself. It was my if no one else is gonna do it....I'll just do it myself moments.
|In case you couldn't tell, here is the back of the shirt|
|my "is someone taking a picture of me look"|
|I love my wooden ring!|
So, moving on.... I love this shirt. I have paired it with a brown cami. Which actually matches the flower, but for some reason it doesn't look like it in the pictures. I like the fit of it and best of all it makes me look a little slimmer. Who could ask for anything more? What do you all think of it?