Fashion Something Green . . . St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Fashion Something Green . . . St. Patrick’s Day!!!

EVERYONE gets to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!!!  So, get out something green, and have some fun!

I found this man’s shirt a few months ago, and it made me think of only one thing …. St. Patrick’s Day!  Married to a 50% Irishman, I HAD to buy it to show my support of this Irish Holiday!  I’ve been waiting for this moment to refashion it to my liking.

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For only $4.99, who can hate life???

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I decided that I would “feminize” this man’s shirt by exchanging the collar and cuffs, and doing a little fitting to the body.  I chose a fabric from my “stash” that picked up the colors of the shirt, but gave it some pizazz!  First move in the re-do was to remove the collar.

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Taking a piece of tracing paper (or any kind of paper), I traced along the bottom edge of the removed collar.

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Next, I needed to create the seam allowances and the shape of the “new” collar.  I decided to make a 1″ stand-up collar, which can be more feminine than the traditional folded, pointed collar.  So, from the bottom edge of the old collar, I measured 1 1/2″.  This gave me 1/4″ for both the top and bottom seams.

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To create the curve on the sides of my new collar, I took a rounded ruler (use something you have that works), to create that curve.

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Next, I pinned my pattern piece to my fabric and cut 2 pieces.

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After pinning right sides together, I sewed 1/4″ seams only along the curved top edges.  Then, I used pinking shears to trim my seam close to the stitching.  This allowed the curve to look smooth when turning the collar right side out.  After turning, I ironed it.

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Next, I inserted the new color piece where the old collar had been (1/4″), and pinned, then stitched it into place very close to the top edge of the placket.

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My new collar is now completed!  How cute does that look????

Time to remove the cuffs and replace them . . .

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Again, I traced the old cuffs onto tracing paper, but this time I did NOT make any changes to the shape.  I did, however, add 1/4″ seam allowances to the side and bottom edges, and 1/2″ to the top edge.

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I cut 4 pieces of fabric for my 2 new cuffs.  I put right sides together and stitched them (did NOT stitch the straight top edge), then pinked the edges as before for smooth curves when turning right sides out.

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I ironed the new cuffs, and folded in the 1/2″ on the unstitched top edge.  This created the area where I inserted the sleeve into the cuff for attaching them back together.

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But, before attaching the cuff back onto the sleeve, I made buttonholes on the cuffs.

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Then I inserted the sleeve into the top of the cuff, and stitched very close to the top edge of the cuff.

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I followed this with stitching 1/4″ from the edge all the way around the new cuff.  This gives a very finished look to my new cuff.

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After that, I determined exactly where I wanted the placement of the button on my new cuff, and I sewed on the buttons.

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Then, I tried on the shirt, and decided the best way to take out a bit of the width of the manly shirt.  In this case, there was a pleat in the center back of the shirt (as you see on many men’s shirts).  When I pinned this pleat closed all the way down the back, it took out the extra fabric to make the shirt more fitted on my body.  So, I pinned and ironed the pleat in place.

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Then, I stitched 1/4″ from the edge of both sides of the pleat to secure it.

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All done!   You can do a similar re-do in SO many ways!!!  Use a plain shirt and add a fun collar and cuffs, change out the front placket and the pocket, take off old sleeves and replace those, etc.  Get creative and send me a photo of what you have done!!!

Not really a beer drinker, maybe I will go for a green glass of white wine!!!!  (Or maybe just green water!)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you!!!!

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Happy Making!

Molly

 

6 thoughts on “Fashion Something Green . . . St. Patrick’s Day!!!

  1. Soo cute and chic!!!! I do confess, however, to having a huge flashback to when we replaced the collars on 20 mens’ shirts for Music Man!!!

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