Not a bit of waste!


Miss 5 Loves Purple lately so when I saw this T Shirt on sale for 5.95 I bought it knowing I'd refashion it into something for her. After a recent surge in heat here a summer wardrobe assessment was needed and a shortage of shorts discovered.



So I took a pair of her shorts that fit now, folded the shirt in half and cut out around them allowing a fair bit of extra length and an allowance for seams. The good thing about refashioning a shirt like this is that the side seams and hems are already done for you : )

Then I had a brainwave to make what was left into a light swingy cardigan.
I cut straight up the centre front and hemmed the edges. I used the pieces remaining from where I cut the crotch of the shorts, folded it and sewed the seam attaching it as a tie closure at the front.



At the back I formed a pleat on the existing neckline to pull it in to a width short enough for her. I didn't hem it just did a shallow zig zag close to the edge, it will curl back onto itself.



Later I decided to embellish it a little adding a decorative button at the top of the back pleat.



A sweet little breezy summer out fit for just a little over $6.00 when you take the thread into account. The best bit ... not a scrap of the original shirt wasted, only a teeny tiny sliver from a trimmed seam went into the bin. I made a gorgeous skirt for her too but it was too dark to take pics of it by the time I got around to it.

10 comments:

  1. Far out Tammy - you're amazing!

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  2. More than amazing I would say...I can't quite get my head around everything you just explained but it looks fantastic!!
    Wow!!

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  3. Wow! Awesome work! I'm still having fun over here with the crocheting! :)

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  4. Great job! You can tell it was a success by the big smile on her face! I may just try this with some t's I have to make the baby some leggings. Can't wait to see the skirt

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  5. Oh WOW great job. I am sure that i keep on saying YOU ARE SO CLEVER.
    Linda

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  6. We have a short shortage here too. Might have to try this!

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  7. Wow Tammy you are so clever and your daughter looked lovely in the new outfit
    Have nice day

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  8. Oh Tammy you are such an amazing crafter! VERY, VERY CLEVER!!!!
    & Beautiful :)

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  9. Oh my gosh, that swingy cardigan is SO cute. Wow, you are one talented lady.

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  10. that is just fabulous!!!!!

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