With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, I thought this green striped top would make a great refashion…
This is an Old Navy maternity shirt I scored for 49-cents!
Actually, when I bought it I didn’t notice that it was a maternity shirt.
I liked the colors and the stripes, and I actually bought it to wear as a shirt.
The problem is, I’m not pregnant…so I don’t need a maternity shirt!
Note: If this top looks familiar to any of you, it’s probably because it was used in yesterday’s pajama pants refashion (well part of it was anyway). I cut off the cuffs for that refashion, and now I’m left with this for today’s refashion…
I thought it would look pretty swell as a skirt.
Here’s my favorite part of the top…
The first thing I did was cut off the sleeves.
Then I separated the front of the shirt from the back, by cutting up the side seams and shoulder seams.
I trimmed off the top parts, right at the armpits…
After the shirt was disassembled, I sewed the two striped panels, right sides together.
I wanted to make sure the skirt would be long enough, so I grabbed the top pieces that had been cut off the shirt and trimmed them to make a new waistband.
After the trimming was done I ended up with these…
I sewed the ends (right sides together)…
Then stretched it around the skirt, right sides together, and pinned in place.
After sewing the waistband on, I tried on my new skirt, and realized it wasn’t working.
What was supposed to be my new waist band, didn’t quite fit like I was expecting. That really bummed me out (I was so irritated I didn’t take pics…sorry).
So rather than give up…
I decided to refashion my refashion.
I put the skirt on my dress form upside down (as a shirt), and pinned it where I would be taking it in.
So now my skirt once again will be a shirt. Go figure.
I carefully removed the top from the dress form (being careful not to mess up the pinned part). Then sewed along the pins and trimmed off the excess…
I found a matching green ribbon in contrasting polka dots that was already the perfect length. I safety pinned it to the front of the top and tied it around the neck of my dress form.
Ok, I know I was being a goofball during my photo shoot, (it was late, I was tired, and I act goofy when I’m tired) and while goofing around I thought:
“Hey maybe it would work out as a skirt after all, just upside down.”
So I tried the skirt (shirt?) on, with the waistband part now working as the bottom panel thingie.
(Oh and I unpinned the ribbon first, because I wouldn’t be needing that if I wear it as a skirt)
It actually fit better as a skirt when worn upside down. Whaddya know?
In case you were wondering, I was planning on refashioning the sleeves into something cool too, but after my earlier malfunction, it was late and I decided to figure out something cool to do with them later. I promise I’ll let you know when I do! 🙂
So for 49-cents, I was able to turn a wonky fitting maternity shirt, into a skirt and/or summer halter top.
Which one do you like better?
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