I feel like I’m always posting holiday content on the day of said holiday. Sure, it’s timely and relevant, but my procrastinate-y posting schedule doesn’t always give you guys time to actually execute said holiday project for said holiday.
Today that all changes!
I’m doing a 4th of July refashion, and I’m posting it in time for you to do a similar upcycle if you so choose!
No, it’s not because I’ve become a better manager of my time. Joining the 2021-2022 Eversewn Maker Team means I have to produce a monthly project to a theme of their choosing. And they have a deadline.
I chose this $1 thrifted women’s button up shirt with a patriotic motif for this month’s challenge!
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It’s red, white, and blue. It has stars on it. The first part of my challenge (finding a good “before” piece) was done!
It even has a pocket!
My first step for this refashion was to remove the above pocket.
Well, will you look at that? You can see both of my hands! That’s because I finally spent $20 on a clip-on camera holder thingy that attaches to my cutting table so I’m not always just taking pics with one hand while working with the other.
I spare no expense to elevate your experience, dear reader.
Anywho…I carefully unpicked that pocket and put it aside. Don’t worry! It’s coming back later!
Those sleeves followed!
Next, I safety-pinned the top of the neck of my shirt (since it has no button there).
I flipped my newly-sleeveless top over.
I used my rotary cutter and ruler to measure and cut across the back of my shirt, leaving enough room above that back seam to fold over to make a casing.
I flipped my shirt back over, folded the original back/new front over and cut that part off.
I swapped out my sewing machine’s foot with my overcasting foot.
If you look clooooosely, you can see it has a little barrier that keeps the edge of the fabric where it needs to be for an overlocking stitch.
I overlocked the edge of my original back/new front of my shirt!
I folded the armholes (or half-armholes) over twice and clipped them in place.
I swapped my feet out again for my standard foot and I sewed them down.
Now for the back!
The original front/new back still had a raw edge to contend with, so I folded it over twice and clipped it down.
I sewed the top of the back down, slowing down around the placket where the fabric was pretty thick.
Time to halterify(?) the front of my new top!
I folded the top of my shirt over and pinned it in place, making sure to leave enough room for a length of ribbon to be added.
Then I sewed it in place!
I cut off a length of grosgrain ribbon and pinned a safety pin to the end.
Then, I threaded it through its casing!
I tried my top on, and realized I still needed to take in the sides a bit.
I just pinched the sides and guesstimated how much I’d need to take in from each side.
I pinned each side, measuring as I went.
Then, I stitched down each side and cut off the excess fabric with my pinking shears.
All that was left to deal with was that cute lil pocket!
I pinned my pocket to a spot on the front of my new top that I thought would be optimal for hand (and M&M) holding.
And for my final trick, I sewed my pocket down!
I think my new top looks great, and I can’t wait to wear it for whatever 4th of July shenanigans I end up attending!
I styled my new top with a pair of dark skinny jeans, my Jack Rodgers sandals, and a fave pair of red, white, and blue sunnies!
I really love how the button-up placket looks on the back!
I hope this refashion inspires you to look at those boring button-up shirts at the thrift store in a new way! With just a bit of sewing, you could have your favorite new halter top!