Ricë Freeman-Zachery and I have traded garments with each other through the U.S. mail for some time now. We both haunt thrift stores and when we see something we think the other might like we snatch it up and off it goes. I have to admit this shirt was sent to me over a year ago and I finally chose it to work on. I somehow lost the photo of the shirt before I cut it but I think you'll get the idea of what it looked like from the first picture.
Here we go on the reconstruction progression:
Sleeves and collar were cut and removed. I shortened the sleeve and then cut it open along the seam.
The sides of the shirt were slit open and the sleeve part was inserted.
This was my first design attempt for the back. I took the cuff ends I cut from the sleeves and pinned them onto the sleeves insert part. I thought this was a good idea for using more of the actual shirt parts.
However I didn't really like this and came up with another idea. The shirt top really needed more of a skirt for balance and the cuteness factor so I took a tiered flounce skirt and cut the bottom tiers off to add to the shirt.
Here is the skirt pinned onto the shirt looking at the inside.
The collar was cut away and I decided to make it vee necked.
I originally thought I would add this crochet lace to the arm opening but decided against it.
And added this instead along with the vintage lace collar piece.
Finished front and back
For those who made it here to the end I have a question for you. After I finish a garment I like to give them a name. I usually send my sister Jan an email with pics and she comes up with most of the names for my garments but I'd like to know what you would name this garment? For those who leave an answer I'll choose which name I like best and the winner will receive a surprise package with some of my hand dyed silk ribbon and other fabric pieces. Be sure to leave your email so I know how to contact you!
Remember there are still a few openings for my reconstructed garment classes at Art Unraveled and Art Is Petaluma. See my events page or side bar for links and info.