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Day 57: A Shirt to Bolero Refashion: Aloha Edition

Day 58: DIY One Shoulder Raglan Baseball Jersey
Day 56: Yacht Party Jumpsuit to Dress Refashion

Aloha from South Carolina! 🙂

Shirt to bolero refashion before

I have to say, I love Hawaiian printed stuff.  Shirts, Dresses, Bags, whatever…I dig it.  It makes me feel like I’m miles away, sipping on an exotic beverage with an umbrella in it.  🙂

Sadly, this top is just too big for me, and not something I would ever wear, except maybe as a swimsuit coverup. 

I decided to make it a bit more practical.

cutting off bottom of shirt
cutting front of bolero

See where I’m going here?

I finished all of my raw edges, starting with the bottom.

Stitching hem of bolero
Stitchin’ that new hem!

Then, I finished the sides!

stitching sides of bolero
Pin & Sew!

I pressed my new hems, and was all done!

Shirt to bolero refashion after
Love those Kimono Sleeves!
Shirt to bolero refashion after
Looking oh so dramatic.
Shirt to bolero refashion after
Check out that wingspan!


Shirt to bolero refashion
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Day 56: Yacht Party Jumpsuit to Dress Refashion

41 thoughts on “Day 57: A Shirt to Bolero Refashion: Aloha Edition”

  1. I love that bag.

    And I love your refashions. I used to do it years ago but lost the knack. I am getting the urge to refashion again though 🙂

  2. Okay~Ready for this???!?!

    I am now a follower of @nanabysally on fb and I left a comment. I was already a fan of yours on fb but I left a comment for good measure. I dusted off my twitter account, followed, and retweeted. I started following your blog AND I would love to win this clutch! The refashion today is fabulous–as usual! Thanks!

  3. Where i would normally stop, you look to see what else you can get out of a garment! I love it! Now how about all those strip scraps you have left over? a crazy quilt maybe?

  4. I try to come by your blog and refashion co-op every day for more ideas. Its so much fun to see what other people see in existing pieces of clothing. Thanks for sharing your work with us. Since last time I commented I now am part of the re-fashion co-op posting under “sewing scientist.” Only one post so far, but I’ll try to post my “Hurricane Irene dress” later today or tomorrow.

  5. I LOVE your projects. I have realized that I never have to buy new clothes again!!! We already shopped at thrift stores for clothing but refashioning has opened up lots of new ways to see those thrifted clothes. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  6. Love the tropical Hawaiian look! You have inspired me to start re-fashioning and I purchased some nice things at the Goodwill to play around with this weekend. I used to sew a lot but haven’t in a long time due to the cost of fabric and notions. This blog has given me back my “joy” in creating my wardrobe again.

  7. Beautiful clutch! I love the color of your new bolero, too. It looks great on you. Thanks for the chance to win! pe_mayfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

  8. I have read your entire site and have been lurking for months!!!! Love your stuff, you have inspired me to finally get my sewing machine out of the box.

  9. Recently discovered your blog and love it! Very inspiring. I might never donate an item again without first trying to reconstruct it.

    The clutch is adorable!

  10. I love all of your thrifty reconstructions. In fact, they’ve inspired me to try a few of my own! I love how cheap, green, and creative the entire process is. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to sport that cute Nana clutch! It’s darling!

  11. I liked the top before and after (but then I do spend a lot of time wandering around in swimwear during the summer)! Great colour too. The bags looks gorgeous…fingers crossed but think it would cost almost as much to mail to Spain as to buy one new! Lovely idea though…you are a very generous person 🙂


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