I was lucky enough to pass to the next round of the Pattern Review Sewing Bee after I made my rosette skirt. Here’s the second challenge we received Monday morning:
Using Men’s Button-down Shirt(s), sew a garment for an adult. We are keeping this round very open so you can explore your creative side and show us the possibilities. A photo of the original shirt or shirts will be one of the required photos, so be sure to take a photo before cutting apart.
You can use any pattern you like: commercial, free or self-drafted. Lining fabric (if needed) may be bought or used from stash. Any trims, zippers, buttons, elastics, cords may be purchased or used from stash. You can also use purchased accessories like belts, scarves, jewelry, shoes, bags to style your final garment.
Please note that we need at least three photos for this round. At least one photo on a live model is recommended but not required.
1. Fabric of the original shirt(s) should be woven; embellishments may be any type of fabric.
2. Garment should be for adults.
3. Garment can be separates or a single piece which can be worn on its own.
4. Three photos are required. At-least one photo must be a photo of the shirt(s) before they are cut .
5. 1 or more shirts may be used (up to 5 any size).
6. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST November 16th, 2014.
7. Links to blogs are NOT allowed. Additional photos hosted on Flickr or similar websites ARE allowed.
Because I didn’t read the instructions carefully last time and had an issue with my skirt hem, I made sure to read these instructions were care. To me, the instructions indicated that you needed to make a full outfit, since if you made only 1 item (example a blouse) it wouldn’t adhere to rule #3 above. A blouse can’t be worn on its own without a bottom, right? Since I thought it was relatively clear, I didn’t bring it up in the challenge forum until I saw individual items popping up in the review gallery. Then it was clarified that it could be a top OR bottom OR dress OR whatever. Just a single garment. Anyway, I’m not writing this to complain (I didn’t even mention it in my submitted review) just to say that is why I made two garments instead of focusing on one with more detail.
I went through my process in more detail on Pattern Review, but just wanted to show my finished results here as well. These are my original shirts purchased from Marshalls:
I’ll end up wearing the white blouse with jeans. I absolutely love how this turned out! It will fit extremely well into my daily wardrobe and has my favorite color blue. I’m especially happy with how it turned out given I didn’t use a pattern for most of the top! I made most of it just draping it on my dress form and hoping for the best. I did use a pattern for the sleeve caps because I have never drafted one and they scare me!
The collar of my new shirt is the collar stand from the purchased striped shirt. The cuffs were also harvested from the striped shirt.I’m not much of a skirt person but I’m also happy with how the skirt came out. I used the red plaid shirt as accenting on the pockets and zipper.
And I have to say, I’m very happy with the fit! I didn’t make a muslin and this came out nearly perfectly! The pattern is this Burda skirt.
So there you have it – a complete outfit upcycled from men’s button-up shirts! They made not have the most razzle-dazzle but both pieces are wearable and I count that as a win!