Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Stripe T-shirt with Floral Trim

I love this "mixing prints" fashion I am seeing everywhere at the moment. I saw a lovely outfit the other day in a magazine, a striped t-shirt with a floral skirt. I fear, however, that I am probably 10 - 15 years too old to really carry the whole look off, but I thought maybe just a little touch of print mixing might work for me.
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion

I've had this striped T-shirt for years.
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
It's pocket was hanging off a bit, I could have just fixed it but it made me think maybe a flowery pocket would be nice.
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
 So off it came!
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
I went through my fabric stash to see what might work. These were test squares of my possible candidates:
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
The little flocked strawberries are cute, but I just don't think the print is small enough. 
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
I like this more abstract print but it's not quite what I was thinking of.
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
This is a piece of a waterfall jacket that is in my "waiting to be refashioned" pile. It's lovely but enormous, hopefully one day I will make it over and you will see it, but for now I've just sliced a bit off the front that I know I won't need for it's refashion.
Of the three I had I like this last one best so that's what I went with.

I cut a rectangle 10cm x 11cm, and ironed a 1cm turning on each side then turned one short side down again (this is going to be the top of the pocket)
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
For the bottom corners, I folded and pressed a bit of a mitre to make it nice and neat.
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
I gave the pocket top a line of top stitching, then pinned it in place on the t-shirt and top stitched it round the three remaining sides.

Next I thought a bit of trim round the sleeves might be nice too. So I cut 2 long strips of my flowery fabric on the bias, 5cm x 45cm to make some fat bias binding. 
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
To do this you iron it in half, wrong sides together. Then unfold and fold the long sides in to that centre fold and press again. Look at the picture - it's hard to describe!
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion

I pinned this binding in place carefully all round the sleeve edge.

Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion

Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
I didn't measure, I just started at the underarm seam, and pinned carefully making sure I wasn't pulling it tight. When I got back to the beginning I allowed about 2cm for turning and chopped the rest of my binding off. Then I folded the turning under.

The whole thing got a row of top stitching to hold it in place. My top stitching is not very neat and close to the edge but this way I knew for sure I was catching the layer on the inside too.

Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion

Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
This is the overlapped bit under the arm, I did warn you it's not very neat, but it is tucked away under my arms where no one will see it! (and I appear to have painted my nails mid sewing session - actually I realised some useful close up pictures were missing a few days later!)
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
Stripe and Floral T Shirt Refashion
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Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

19 comments:

  1. I love your Refashion Julie, nice job!

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  2. Hi Julie I like the t-shirt refashion you did. It looks cute. Have a nice weekend.
    Julie

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  3. Oh so adorable! I'm with you, I love the pattern mixing! I do it as often as I can. I also love the title to your blog: so powerful. Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings!

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    1. Thanks Megan, I'm glad you like the t-shirt. Thanks for your comment on the blog title too, I spent a long time deciding what to go for, but I'm very happy with what I chose in the end, it sums up what I am about, I think.

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  4. What a fantastic refashion. Love the trim on the sleeves. I was glad to read I'm not the only one with a pile of clothes that need fashioning.
    Ali xx

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    1. Thanks Ali. Oh yes, BIG pile of clothes that just need a little inspiration! Handy though, when you just want a little bit of flowery fabric!

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  5. What a great way of giving a garment a new lease of life. Love it! x

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  6. That's a beautiful refashion. Love it! Visiting from Monday Homemade Link party..... Nice to meet you. Love your blog and posts...

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    1. Thank you Rose, nice to meet you too :-)

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  7. Super cute upcycling project and you great in it x

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  8. I think its great, I love the way you've added the pattern to the edge of your sleeves as well as the pocket.

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  9. I love it! I'm so into doing things like this! I have this one idea to turn some jeans I have into a skirt and you can sew it by hand which is all I knew how to do at the moment. You look beautiful and I love the contrast of prints too! Thanks for sharing this with us at Countdown in Style!

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    1. Jeans to a skirt is such a good idea, I am a pinner on a refashion group board, you should check it out as there are LOADS of great ideas on there http://www.pinterest.com/MammaNene/%2B-a-refashion-obsession-the-mood-board-%2B/

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  10. Love the stripe and floral-ish print combo. Thanks for linking up to Inspire Us Thursdays!

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  11. I like your t-shirt refashion, a LOT! Have a great week. Keep crafting! Linda Crafts a la mode

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  12. This is such a great idea, Julia! This shirt came out great! I have a pile of clothing that have holes in them, but I want to re-purpose them. I'll see if I can do this to anything that I have! Thanks for linking up with Countdown in Style.

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  13. Thank you so much for the comment on my bookends!;)
    This shirt looks so lovely.
    Love & hugs
    Lydia

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