Tuesday, 22 November 2011

He can't have it back now...

I've been having another rummage in my husband's wardrobe and one of his shirts has been transformed into this

This is how it started off

First I removed the collar and the sleeves.  The back had two pleats which made it very full, so I unpicked the yoke from the sides, pulled the pleats out flat, then restitched the yoke.  To make a new collar I folded the shirt in half and drew round the neckline onto paper then drew a Peter Pan collar shape.  I cut two pieces on the fold from the bottom of the sleeves and one piece in interfacing.  After ironing the interfacing to the back of one piece, I pinned the collar rights sides together and sewed round the outer edge.  I then clipped into the curved seam and turned it rights sides out

It took me quite a while to decide which was the best way to attach the collar.     
In the end I machined it to the inside of the shirt then turned the bottom edge of the other side up and slip stitched it in place
To get the right width on the shoulders and sides I laid one of my blouses on top, cut round it, then sewed up the side seams.  I cut what was left of the sleeves shorter and gathered the bottoms into a band and gathered the top to fit in the sleeve hole.  I put a couple of darts in the back to shape the waist and shortened the bottom.
I wasn't keen on the original white buttons because they were really thick (more than twice as thick as a normal button) so I changed them to some navy ones out of my button box.  Because I'd removed the top button when I took the collar off, I had to make a new buttonhole at the top.

It took me a lot longer than I thought it would, but most of that was just thinking about what I was going to do and daring to start! 


  1. Great refashion! I love the new sleeves and the Peter Pan collars. well done!

  2. This is a fantastic makeover. You are very clever, I have to follow a pattern. Thanks for sharing.
    Anne xx

  3. Hey LBM, smashing job on the shirt makeover...........

    Has hubby realised his shirt is missing and you are now wearing something similar?

    ♥ the tucks on the sleeves and the Peter Pan collar.

    Can't wait to see what's next on the refashion list.

    Claire :}

  4. Oh I love it too! The sleeves are just gorgeous - I am yet to make a decent sleeve. I think you may have inspired me, I am going to go off and hunt for men's shirts now :D

  5. What a brilliant transformation, you've made something so ordinary into a fabulous piece of fashionable clothing. x

  6. Gosh, I wish I was as clever to be able to transform something like this. Clever you.

  7. That is awesome, the new collar style makes a huge difference and the cute sleeve treatment totally matches the change

  8. That is fabulous! So feminine and pretty, and what a great fit. YOU're so talented.

  9. Beautiful result - you would never know it began life as a shirt

  10. Georgia, I LOVE what you've done! I think that it and you are amazing, and just trying to work out how you've done it has my head in a spin - let alone actually doing it!

    I'm going to pop back later for another nose when I've got more time :o)

    Have a great weekend my lovely lady,
    And take care.
    Love Donna xx

  11. I'm dead impressed with this! looks great!

  12. This refashion is amazing and it looks great on you, fab!

  13. I am in awe, that is absolutely brilliant. The material looks very nice (to nice for a bloke haha)

  14. Amazing job on that shirt! I'm impressed. You asked about daylight times here in New York....The sun rises around 7 am and is gone for good around 4:45 pm. Such short days. My only gripe is driving home from work in the dark. The older I get, the less I like that.

  15. Oh my, that is an amazing transformation!!! I'd love to do that to a shirt, I keep wanting a cute little Peter pan one but all the lovely ones in the shops are made out of synthetic stuff which I can't bear wearing! If only I wasn't so useless at following instructions- you lost me one sentence into it!! (My fault, not yours! ;-) )