Happy Friday! If you are reading from anywhere by me, happy snow day! We got quite a few inches, and it’s pretty messy out there. So it’s the perfect time for #snowdaysewday! And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing, sewing!
I have a new refashion to share, and it’s such an easy one – you can do it with a top in your own wardrobe right now!
A little backstory on this shirt: I didn’t buy this until the third time I saw it. I fell in love with the print, but didn’t need a new refashion project, so I left it behind, especially since it didn’t have any tears or stains, it could be worn as is. Second time seeing it, I still loved it, but I still passed. When it was there the third time around, I knew it was a sign that I had to get it. I gave others plenty of time to buy it, but it sat and needed a little love. (and a few less shoulder pads!)
This refashion didn’t stay in my pile for long because I knew I wanted to keep it easy, especially after my last refashion. This top was a size M, and while I’m normally an XS in women’s sizes, this refashion would work even better if you had a top that already fit!
Since I had to resize, that was the first step. I removed the sleeves and took in about 2″ on each side. I did taper it out, so my sides stayed wider towards the bottom.
With the shirt inside out, on the back, mark from underarm-underarm, about 1″ under the line where the underarms meet. Seam rip the sides up to that point, and a little more for your seam allowance, I did an extra 1/4″. (I like to keep my seam allowances smaller).
The line previously drawn is where we cut! Cut the back piece away.
For the contrast back, I used an old tank top in my refashion pile. If you don’t have an old top, use the cut off back to draft a new piece, add a hem as long as you want!
Cut the new back to desired length. For mine, I cut straight across the underarm!
Next step, attach the new back! Start by attaching the top printed back to the new back (wrong sides together), before sewing the sides. I had a little extra fabric in my printed shirt, but made a little pleat in the center to account for it.
For my resized top, I had to hem the front up before attaching the sides, since my tank hem was already finished.
If needed, resize the sleeves, and you are done! I also turned the existing cuff up again to shorten the sleeve.
I really do love how this top turned out, and how easy it was to give it a little face lift!
Looking for a little more blouse inspiration?
This refashion from etsy is a beautiful example of mixing fabrics.
This top is a great idea for those shirts a little too tight (original link broken)
And this refashion is too good not to share. If you have two similar shirts, or want to mix up a favorite shirt, how about something like this?