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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Up-cycled Shirt

I decided to up-cycle one of my old shirts, this was the finished design:


I started by unpicking the pocket on the top of the shirt and ironing out any small holes that were left. 



After doing this, I drew a line using a ruler and tailors chalk to mark where I wanted the bottom of my shirt to be.





Making sure that the line I drew was correctly positioned, I cut the material off, leaving some space for the hem.




This was the new length of my wanted shirt:



Next, I cut mid-way up the side of the shirt so that I could tie a knot there later to achieve a gathered effect.




I then double folded the bottom of the shirt before pinning and tacking. I then slip-stitched across the length of the shirt to achieve a neat hem.



After doing this I moved onto the top part of my shirt. I started by measuring out and drawing the outline of where I wanted my altered neckline to rest.



Next, I drew lines down the stretch of the neckline using tailors chalk, leaving 1cm between each line.




I then cut down the lines with scissors, taking care not to cut the back of the shirt in the process.




Next, I cut alternate lines out of the shirt:



I then twisted the lines of material into the criss-cross design I wanted and pinned them in place.




Using 5mm studs, I secured the criss-cross pattern in place. I also inserted some studs around the neckline for decoration.




This was the finished look of my up-cycled shirt, I chose to place a vest under the shirt, although a contrasting colour would look more appealing.





Bye for now, 
Heather :) 




2 comments:

  1. wow ... I soooo need to do something with some of the clothes that are hanging in my wardrobe and not being worn!!
    x

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  2. Clever, perhaps I better see what items of mine could be altered. Have you plans to upcycle any more. xx

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