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Recycled Men's Shirt

Added Jan 23, 2009

by erinelizabeth

Milwaukee, Wisco...






for a recycled item challenge, i used my dad’s old dress shirt and remade it into a fitted women’s shirt. OMG we have different body types. starting from scratch is so much easier!
I used French darts for a good one step bodice fix. They are fantastic for me and I love the shape they provide. I did have to add upper bust darts because of men’s sizing in the upper chest/shoulder area. I stick down the back vent/darts and then topstitched for a nice effect. the collar was removed and some hem was used for a ruffled collar that’s oh so popular now. the sleeves were shortened to 1/2 length and regraded, then fit to a refitted arm hole. I took in at least 2 inches on either side and closed the armhole with it, and still had a ton of extra space. I draped this the whole time to get it right, since I wasn’t working from scratch, and i had to match two sides without having them lie flat. ever. it was fun and i WILL wear it!

Material Notes

1x old dad’s shirt
1x seam ripper
100000x aggravation
1x committment to wear it or it wasn’t recycled at all





dad for shirt!

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    Feb 23, 2009, 11.47 AMby erinelizabeth

    THANK YOU everyone! too kind.

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    Jan 24, 2009, 04.30 PMby bola

    yeah cool collar!

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    Jan 24, 2009, 02.15 AMby sewella

    Great job! The ruffled colar gives the shirt a whole new appearance and makes it extremely feminine and romantic!

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    Jan 23, 2009, 08.23 PMby alissarose

    Beautiful! I have a few mens shirts I plan to recycle to fit me and I love seeing other people’s results of such endeavors! Bravo!

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    Jan 23, 2009, 06.58 PMby camilaustral

    very very nice!! i’ve never would’ve guess it was a recontructed shirt

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    Jan 23, 2009, 03.02 PMby nenasew

    Congratulations. Its a great shirt. The hard work was worth it.

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    Jan 23, 2009, 02.06 PMby calicocouture

    I love it! The collar is great.

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    Jan 23, 2009, 01.26 PMby carlatv

    It’s very cute and flirty.

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    Jan 23, 2009, 01.05 PMby susisonne

    I also like the collar, great recycled!

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    Jan 23, 2009, 11.28 AMby polychromatin

    Great modification! The collar is fab!

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    Jan 23, 2009, 10.06 AMby anajan

    Great result! Love the ruffled collar.

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