Here is shirt #2 that I made from my husband's cast-offs. I am super excited about this one because I don't have any other shirts this color.
Here is his shirt originally, with my shirt I used as a pattern on top.
To get his shirt (above) to this point (below) see the tutorial I did on how to take in a shirt that's too big.
I took my scraps and cut them into strips of different widths and lengths. I think it looks better if they aren't super uniform. You will end up with more natural looking flowers this way. Here's an example of one of my strips.
Then simply fold your strips in half a little at a time and roll around itself like so...
Here are what my five rosettes looked like after I rolled them.
Next, of course I sewed them together. I did this with a needle and thread. Just tie a not at the end of your thread and pull the needle through the flower trying to go through each layer like so.
If you have a hard time getting the needle through you can scrunch your flower together. I criss-crossed my flowers each three or four times.
After sewing all my flowers together I lined them up on my shirt where I wanted them.
If you'd like to you can pin your flowers in place at this point. I hate pinning. So after this picture I took my pins right out and eyeballed them one at a time.
Sewing the flowers on was the trickiest part. I didn't want to hand stitch them on to the shirt because I didn't want to risk having to re-sew them after I washed the shirt. (Handwashing clothing is right up there with pinning when sewing on things I don't like to do...)
What I decided to do was fold down the outside rim of the flower and sew around them, getting as close to the middle as possible. I did this in three or four places per flower depending on how big the flower was.
As you can see I am not a perfectionist. Actually though, the flowers turned out really cute this way.
Here is an example of what the inside of the shirt would look like.
One of the things I love about re-fashioning clothing is you can make things just how you like them. I love the longer "short" sleeves. So flattering.
Also, I left my shirt extra long on purpose so that it can double as a maternity shirt for next time I'm pregnant. I even shoved a few dish towels up there to demonstrate :).
Good luck on all your re-fashions! If you do any you love send in pictures. We would love to see them and feature you.
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