The past few weeks have been filled with great refashions of mens shirts, curtesy of Portia of Makery and the event that was (is) Refashioners 2015. If you go to her site or check out the instagram hashtag #refashioners2015  there are some truly fabulous refashions

refashioners 2015

So this is my contribution, which is going in just under the wire, seeing as the deadline is midnight tonight…better late than never!!!

I started with an old shirt belonging to my partner, that I don’t think had seen the light of day for many years and was not going to be missed!! The only issue was the colour, very boring beige..


So in to the dye bucket it went, with a packet of Dylon hand dye in Jeans blue !!



And then we ended up with this nice navy linen shirt, though this shot doesn’t really show the colour.





My inspiration was one of my  favourite tops and this is basically a recreation, I traced the bodice and added darts in roughly the same position as the originals, but I have no experienc drafting patterns and to be honest the darts are a little off, and the bodice a tad tight so will apply more attention to detail next time.  The back is fashioned from the original button placket, with an added elasticised piece at the top, just to give it some wiggle room (so i can get it on!!)



The whole thing was really simple and I cut it and sewed it in an evening which has given me a lot more to think about when seeing all those unused shirts in the charity shop!!