Nov 3, 2011

What's Yours is Mine

I finally got pictures of the shirt I restyled!
Here's a before, as Jeff's shirt (don't worry, he was getting rid of it, I didn't actually steal it)


Terrible picture in every way, I know, I'm sorry. And it was laundry day, we do actually use sheets on our bed. I snapped this real quick because I was about to start working on it and couldn't be bother to get a better picture. ;)

And now, it looks a little something like this:


Ha! Self-portraits are so awkward. I tried to get a better shot, you know, maybe one with a side view but the camera just wasn't loving me.

Here's what I did, sorry no step-by-step photos (maybe someday):

1. Using another maternity shirt--inside out--as a pattern, I traced the outline with a fabric pencil
2. I sewed over the line, actually slightly outside the lines because I was afraid it would end up being too small, I'm glad I did.
3. I tried on the shirt at this point and when it seemed to fit right, I cut along the seam, leaving around a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
4. I used the same maternity shirt again to trace the sleeves, this ended up being a little trial and error to match the sleeves up just right with the armholes, I'm learning. Once I determined that they were the right size, I cut the sleeves and sewed them on.
5. I should have done this before I sewed the side seams but waited until this point to ruche the sides. I wanted to make sure the shirt was long enough. I wish there were more gathers but I would have had to use elastic for that and well, I didn't.
6. Somewhere along the way I cut off the collar. I think I'll add a tiny little ruffle over the raw edge someday. And maybe I'll cover the lion logo since it's practically in my armpit now.


Woohoo! Yet another of Jeff's shirts that is now mine!

14 comments:

Emma said...

So cute! And your baby bump is looking adorable! :) Cant wait to see you guys!

Jodi Ann said...

Oh my gosh, that looks so great! Also, you're such a cute pregnant woman :)

Gretchen said...

Cute! You are always impressing me with what you come up with.. fun!

jean said...

that is really cute beatle!

tahnee said...

love the shirt! Maybe one day I'll get inspired enough to try a project like this, I LOVE all your restyled clothes!
ps you look amazing!

Heather said...

Cute!

Amanda Kay said...

Adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~Junkyard Jennifer said...

Cute shirt -- and love seeing that baby bump!

~ J

Megan said...

totally cute! The shirt and you!

Heidi Sue said...

Thanks everyone! I only have about 73 more shirts waiting to be restyled...;)

Cami said...

do you use elastic thread to bunch the sides? i've heard of several people using that...i've just never worked with it and get intimidated by the thought of it. :) you do a great job with all your restyles! it inspires me to pull my machine out and try a few things.

Heidi Sue said...

Cami, I've never used elastic thread but I've heard great things about it. I really need to pick some up!

Chelsey said...

I love it!!! Makes me wish I had a sewing machine :)

Sara said...

Adorable Heidi!!