If you missed last Friday's post, I must explain that I am embarking on a new weekly feature entitled 'Refashion Friday'. Can you guess which on day this feature will run each week?! It's aim is to provide inspiration, ideas, tips and tricks to sewers interesting in using existing garments to make something new. Massive thanks to the lovely peops who left such nice comments on last week's post. I thought the appeal of this new feature might be a bit of a slow burner for most, but I'm thrilled that already some are excited about forthcoming installments.
Today's inspiration point is a blouse made from a mens chambray/denim shirt and some white embroidery anglaise fabric. The whole garment is based on a fairly standard commercial blouse sewing pattern (see below). The centre front of the pattern was lined up to the centre of the button stands when cutting out so the existing button stand, buttons and buttonholes would be retained in the final garment. The bust darts were stitched but the waist darts were omitted to make a looser more casual fitting garment.
I retained the original shirt pocket and used the original hem in the final design. Using the existing hem means that the pocket gets pushed up higher than on the original garment. Personally I like that because it's a cheeky reference to the origin of the blouse. If it's not to your taste, you could remove any original patch pocket and either reposition and reapply it or discard it altogether.
I drafted the Peter Pan collar for this creation myself because I didn't like the blouse sewing pattern's collar design. I wanted it to stop either side of the button stand. The top collar is embroidery anglaise and the under collar is cut from the chambray harvested from the sleeves of the original shirt. I really like how the anglaise has been left unlined on the puff sleeves though so you'd get a hint of flesh through the holes. The sleeves bands have been made from more of the harvested sleeve fabric.
If you would like any more info about this creation, please leave a comment. I'll try to leave a legible response!