Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How To Transform A Worn Out Shirt

Do you have a favorite shirt with an ugly torn hole?  Maybe it has just worn out in a very noticeable place?  Check out my recent repairs to a couple of shirts, modeled by my trusty manikin Anne Boleyn.

This plaid shirt got an asymmetrical redo. 

And this one received an easy patch repair.

Both had major holes worn through in the same place, the lower right side.
A friend has a rough spot on her kitchen counter tile that they have never been able to correct, therefore her shirts get holes in the same place.  She also finds it hard to find 100% cotton shirts in the style she likes at a price she can afford so I offered to repair hers.

For the plaid shirt I used a heavier cotton with the wrong side out to almost match the colors in the plaid.  The buttonholes in the shirt were also too large so the repair fixed that as I had to make new buttonholes through the new fabric overlay.

For the paisley I found one color locally that actually matched one of the colors in the shirt.  I would have preferred a purple but they all were really off in color.  I used a fancy stitch the sewing machine does to attach the patches to the fronts only.  Then I used the same stitch in 3 rows to stiffen up the front band as she had a problem with it being wimpy and gaping between the buttons.

Wait till you see the next shirt project!


lotta joy said...

When I noticed both holes were in the same location, I was going to ask if you carry a knife. lol

Good on you, fixing a friend's shirt like that. I had to put up both my crafting tables due to the papers and stamps driving me crazy. Next up with be ONE table with my sewing machine coming out of the closet.

My problem is my wide shoulders in back. They make ALL shirts pull too tightly when I move my arms forward.

Terra Hangen said...

Recycling at its finest and prettiest.

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