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How to brighten a grey day


A while back, while looking for something completely different, I came across this shirt.  It seems cute in a novelty sort of way and I immediately thought, “I could do better than that.”  So I gave it a shot.  I started with this, XL men’s heavy flannel shirt:

I cut it down, made cap sleeves, added bust darts (although not waist ones), and carefully sewed together the left over pieces to make a mini scarf-like tie at the neck.

It fits fairly well.  I pleased with the pattern I (partially) used and definitely would try something like again.  It went together very quickly (since I save the original button placket from the shirt and thus didn’t have to do any of the hard parts of shirt construction).

Apparently I look haughty when I wear it (yeah, I don’t know what’s going on in this picture but I was too lazy to take another one, as all the others I took came out oddly blurry).  I love the bow tied on it when it’s hanging, but it felt weird on, so I just looped it in single knot and let the ends hang down.  If I was going to do this again I’d want an even bigger shirt because there wasn’t really enough fabric to make the tie at the neck, or perhaps I could use contrasting fabric.  Or find two matching shirts.  I don’t know exactly, but yes, more fabric on the tie would lovely.

Author: Ajax Bell

Seattle author. Stops to smell the flowers. Amateur nerd (I wanna go pro but I haven't found anyone to pay me). Humble hippo enthusiast. queer/bi. they/them.

2 thoughts on “How to brighten a grey day

  1. I LOVE this one! I can’t believe you made this darling shirt out of that ordinary man’s shirt.

  2. Thanks, Trina! I’m sort of inspired to make a couple more, maybe with a little collar instead of a tie.

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