Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Lilac time



This man's shirt was on the bargain rail at a charity shop for 50p.  I bought it ostensibly for my husband, but I knew he wouldn't be man enough to wear lilac, so after getting my Brownie points for thinking of him, it came to me!




I used the Colette Sorbetto pattern again (this is my first rendition of it) but using the existing front opening instead of the pleat at the front.   This time I added sleeves using this pattern.


I thought the sleeves stuck out a bit though so I put a little pleat and button at the bottom

and now it looks like this
what do you think, do they look better narrower?


I changed the buttons to some lilac ones I've got in my stash and as this doesn't have to go over my head I've put a couple of darts in the back to make it more fitted than the other Sorbetto I made.


There was no one at home to take the photos so I used the self timer, and kept forgetting you have to reset it each time, hence I ended up with loads of action shots like this





16 comments:

  1. That's excellent - what a transformation and I think the sleeves look better after narrowing. Well done you
    Patricia x

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  2. Brilliant idea to transform it for yourself.

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  3. ooh i love the sleeves, definitely look great nipped in ! :)

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  4. LBM I think you've done a brilliant job and it looks really chic. I like the pleat and button on the sleeves too.

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  5. Oh this is so cute LBM. You are so very resourceful!

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  6. There are no end to your talents lovely lady! :o)

    I think this is great! Personally I prefer the pre-nipped in sleeves, but that's just me, as I see from all your other comments, and yourself that you all prefer the nipped in ones! lol But i also think you've done a smashing job on nipping them in, and they are very pretty my dear. :o)

    Hope you have a great week. Take care Georgia.
    xx

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  7. Hey Georgia well done, the makeover looks great.
    Who would've thought it started out in life as a blokes shirt?...

    Love the sleeves with the pleat and the button. Nice bit of detail....

    CLaire :}

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  8. It's brilliant and yes the sleeves look better with the button :0)
    Jacquie x

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  9. wow, this is a great sorbetto! and i thik the sleeves are so cute with the button!

    Mónica

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  10. Wow - I am working on a Sorbetto from an old button up shirt of my brother's right now - and I thought I was so clever to use the buttons instead of the pleat! :) I have the sleeve pattern but I think that this one will be sleeveless.

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  11. I am so impressed! honestly!

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  12. Well, what can I say, that new blouse looks great. Very clever.

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  13. What a fantastic transformation. It's absolutely gorgeous and perfect on you. x

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  14. Hi - came here via "heart shape blog" - shame the choir didnt get permission to sing on the torch route - enjoyed your blog

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