Refashion of a Refashion

I have a confession to make.  Remember the boys’ shirt I refashioned into a woman’s sleeveless top?  I only wore it once this summer.  I liked it, initially, but thanks to some overzealous armhole cutting it needed a shirt layered underneath.  The problem is, if it’s hot enough for me to go sleeveless it’s too hot for layers.  It was a shirt without a season, and not in a good way.

I’ve noticed several people lately wearing a long-sleeved blouse with a black vest.  My first thought was that I was glad that look was back, because I like it.  My second was “Hey, I know what I can do with that black shirt!” 

So this poor shirt, that belonged to my son until recently, went through the ringer again.  Here’s how I did it, just in case you happen to have a shirt lying around that started as a pre-teen boys’ shirt, became a sleeveless woman’s top and now wants to be a vest.

The first thing you’ll need to do is try the shirt on.  Decide how long you want it to be in the back and where the points of the vest should be in the front.  Put it on inside out and mark those points with a chalk pencil. 

Remove the bottom hem in the front if it will interfere with the points.  Mark cutting lines on one side and across the back, adding 1″ for a seam.

Cut the marked side, then flip the triangles you’re left with over and use them as patterns to cut the other side.  This assures both sides are even.  Cut across the back.

Sew a 1/2″ rolled hem across the front and back.

Using the fabric you cut off the back, cut a piece about 3″ by 6″.  Fold it right sides together and stitch the long side 1/4″ from the edge.  Turn.  Press flat with the seam centered.  Turn the ends inside 1/4″ and press.

Top stitch both ends closed.  Center on the back of the vest at the waist line.  Pin in place.  Hand stitch a large button through all layers at each end of the tab.

This is definitely something I’ll wear more than I did the shirt.  Someone should have reminded me to straighten it out before they took this picture!

Hmm, I wonder what else I can make this into when I get tired of the vest?


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