Shirt Re-fashion

I re-fashioned this shirt (which I have had for years, but never wear). . . .

into this. . . .

I used these instrucions. Mine is a little different. My shirt started with a boatneck, which I didn't like as much, so I played round with it a little and made it more of a scoop.

The ruffles on my shirt also don't lie flat like the tutorial. When I follow tutorials, I like to keep in mind that I don't need to follow the directions exactly. If something else comes to mind, I do it.

SO. . . .like she says in the tutorial, when you cut the sleeves off and open them up, they're only as long as the shirt and you WANT them to be about 1 1/2 the length of the shirt.
To fix this, after opening the sleeves up (I DID cut off the curved side, unlike her, which is shown in the pic above, before I cut it off), I cut each of them in half lengthwise, then lined one of the short ends together and sewed across.
So then I had two looooong strips (double the length of the shirt). I cut a little off the ends to make them about 1 1/2 the length of the shirt. Trim the sides so that one strip is a little wider than the other. Then I followed the directions the rest of the way.
I don't know if any of that made any sense, but that's what I did. : )

I LOVE the result. I get the feeling this shirt will get a lot more attention from me, from now on.


  1. That looks so good! Very nice job. Now I feel like refashioning a shirt!

  2. Looks brand new! Nice work :)

  3. Also, I wanted to add a button to my blog that links back to your blog on my sidebar, maybe like that little yellow doilie except having it say Petunia and Poppy. Do you have a button for people to add to their blogs?

  4. we don't have a button but i'll look into it and let you know. thanks!!