I couldn’t resist this soft silk fabric and I’m sharing my men’s shirt refashion! I dug this out of my ‘to sew’ pile and gave it a makeover thanks to motivation from Magda in honor of Refashion Month. She blogs at House of Estrela and has so many fun ideas for herself and her daughter. One of her recent refashions was so clever, she is due next month and sewed a nursing nightgown! I work best under deadlines and I’m really happy with how this man’s shirt refashion turned out, would you wear it?
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I picked up this man’s shirt from Goodwill – I love silk but can’t afford to buy it by the yard. It had a perfect boxy shape to give me lots of fabric to work with, and I thought it would be a perfect time to try the Scout Tee pattern from Grainline Studio*.
Another ‘before’ shot; the more fabric the better!
The ‘after’! So, I think many will be cringing at these pictures.. but I swear I pressed, ironed, starched, and tumble dried the heck out of this shirt. TWICE. Not in that order. But still, the minute I got it back on, wrinkles. So if anyone has any secret de-wrinkling silk tips I’d love to hear them.
Flip! I put those buttons to the back. I didn’t do anything revolutionary to refashion with the pattern – just cut very carefully along the seams and then cut and sewed the pattern like normal. The sleeves are a little straighter than the pattern pieces, so I could preserve the original hems. The finished top is also a little longer than the pattern calls for – I didn’t account for the pre-existing hem when I traced.
The spacing worked out perfectly and I didn’t have to adjust any of them.
I used french seams and tried to add some top stitching with varied success. I struggled with the sleeve easing; I haven’t worked with woven fabrics in garments that much and this was my first time with silk. Very, very thin silk.
The pattern came together easily and I’ll definitely tackle it again with a less slippery fabric. I didn’t have enough fabric left to make the bias binding so I used store bought single fold, and it bowed out a bit. I’m not sure if I didn’t stretch it enough, or if the tape was too heavy in comparison to the fabric, but it doesn’t bug me. I’ll totally wear this out and about!
I have sewn a few refashioned tops, my other favorite was simpler with a full tutorial: how to lengthen a tshirt refashion.
Check out my Pinterest board for refashions, here!