I found two adorable shirts at the store, but they were clearanced and not available in my size. ;( Nothing for it, I HAD to have them, so I bought with the intent to alter…
The red and blue shirt perfectly matches the red feathers! So I tried on the feather shirt to see where I needed ease. It was snug but fit ok over the bust, but the body didn’t look good – especially with those elastic-gathered sides (made me look very pregnant!) I measured the shirt against another shirt I like the fit of (recognize my French knit shirt? 😉 ):
So I cut triangle wedges out of the side of the red shirt (really is pretty symmetrical, just laid out badly). Cutting them out of the sides not only saved the body of the shirt for alteration #2, but meant there was a seam down the actual side, so it looks deliberate, not like an alteration:
And sewed them into the feather shirt. The red shirt is not actually hemmed, so I hemmed it to match the lines on the feather shirt, and I think I need to lengthen the sleeves, which I will do by adding more mesh. And now I have an adorable shirt that actually fits!! (Though I still suck at selfies 😉 )
That left me with a cut-up red shirt that needed bigger sides of its own… I have some beautiful navy cotton eyelet in my shop that I needed to make a sample with for expo anyways, and it blended perfectly with the blue on the red shirt, so… The only caveat is that it’s a woven not a knit, so I had to make sure it’s full enough to compensate. I based the size for this shirt on a favorite sweatshirt. Then I cut rectangles (not squares, bc I wanted the shirt to be a little longer in the back than in the front) that were 13″ x 15″. I hemmed the 2 sides first, then sewed the insets into the shirt, making sure to match up fronts (the selvedge edges with a wider hem), and hemming the red shirt to match the insets. And now I have a gorgeous shirt that looks like a designer original, which, of course, it is!!!
I think I need to hire a photographer 😉
What do you think? Tell me about some of your favorite alterations!