Today I’m going to show you how I refashioned my 1990s grunge men’s flannel into something more presentable in 2013.
I started by carefully cutting off the sleeves.
Then I tried on the shirt inside out, and with chalk, marked my shoulder points, bust, and hip.
Then I used the measuring tape on each line and marked how much I would need to take out of the shirt. I based this on my body measurements plus about 2 1/2 inches for each one.
Using those marks, I drew out the curve I wanted to cut off the side.
I also curved the shoulder so that the seam wouldn’t hang off me.
On the hem, I took 4 inches off in the front, and 3 in the back (I like a little more coverage in the rear), following the curve of the shirt.
After sewing the side seams back up, I decided it needed something more. So I trimmed off the collar.
I lay the shirt on paper and traced the neckline.
This is what I came up with.
But, I didn’t want the collar to lie perfectly flat, I wanted it to roll a little, so it didn’t look like such an add-on piece. So I put it back on the paper and marked the shoulder seam on the neckline, and marked 1 inch above the shoulder seam on the armhole edge.
Then I rotate the front part of the shirt so that the shoulder seam fell between my two marks and I retraced the neckline.
As you can see from the picture below, this flattened out the neck curve of the collar a little bit. I added a seam allowance to the outside edge of the collar only, because I planned to attach the neck edge with bias tape.
I cut two collars on the fold and sewed them together around the outside edge, turned them right side out, and pressed. I made some 1/4″ double fold bias tape. (If you haven’t used this tutorial to make bias tape, you definitely should! I got 3 1/2 yards out of a 12 inc square, and I only had to sew 2 seams).
I pinned the collar to the neckline and basted. Because this shirt has a placket, I chose to have the collar end at the edge of the placket, to avoid weird overlapping in the center.
Then applied the bias tape.
After that, all I had to do was sew the sleeves back in and finish the hem, and then pose with my cool tote from Caila Made.
Linking up to these sites:
Monday: Sew Can Do, Craft-O-Maniac, C.R.A.F.T., Sumo’s Sweet Stuff,
Tuesday: Sugar Bee Crafts,
Wednesday: Sew Much Ado, Rae Gun Ramblings, SNAP, My Girlish Whims
Thursday: The Train to Crazy
Friday: See Vanessa Craft
Saturday: Sew Country Chick
Sunday: Flamingo Toes
I wish I had the skills to do that! I have a flannel just sitting in my closet that was my dads until I stole it- I wore it all thru the 90’s, and much to my husbands chagrin, I still wear it (usually only inside the house) when its cold. I need to keep practicing at sewing so I can try something like that to give the flannel a new life. 🙂
I really need to do this. So cute.
Love it, it’s just ADORABLE!!
Seriously so cute! Love the peter pan collar! I am co-hosting a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party:
Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
Bethany @ Whistle and Ivy
This re-fashion came out amazing!! I love everything you do! Stopping by Sew Much Ado’s linky party.
Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2013/01/fun-fur-boa-scarf.html
So beautiful!!! I love wearing flannel. I want to try this but I’m afraid I won’t be able to figure out the collar… but I should try!
Way to update the flannel! And those boots! THE BOOOOOOTS!. love them.
Love that posed shot of your whole get-up! Nice job!
Really cute! It makes me want to start refashioning some of my husband shirts. I wonder if he has anything he doesn’t need….
Great refashion! The shirt looks really good!!!
T’onna @ Submarine Sunday Link Party
I love this! It’s right up my alley, and so my style! Thanks!
This re-fashion is so cute. Re- Drawing the shirt seems very easy for you. I have got very admiration. Then, this shirt is so elegant and feminine. I fall in love with the grey collar but I don’t understand where is the difference between your two draws.
Thank you for sharing