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.
February 9, 2010 at 10:59 am
I LOVE this one! I can’t believe you made this darling shirt out of that ordinary man’s shirt.
February 10, 2010 at 3:01 am
Thanks, Trina! I’m sort of inspired to make a couple more, maybe with a little collar instead of a tie.