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Message Board > Creative Sewing > Ideas For Undesirable Shirt ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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IslaScotts
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Date: 7/10/13 2:11 AM

I would love any ideas on either modifying this shirt, or make a couple items out of it. As, you can see this cut on me is horrible - but I love the feel of the fabric and it's length, but I also love the embellishment. I welcome any and all ideas!

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Date: 7/10/13 4:42 AM

Personally I would immediately add raglan sleeves. I love the embellishment. I hink it is worthwile to do so. I don 't know if you have some of the material of the bodice . Otherwise you could even think of something sneer in the good colour.

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Date: 7/10/13 8:26 AM

The ruffled decoration would be beautiful on a handbag.

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Date: 7/10/13 8:55 AM

Open it down the side seams (or cut it down the sides if there are no side seams). Add side panels of black fabric, with shaped seams so you could give it a flattering fit. It would look like one of those silhouette tops that is trendy now. With raglan sleeves (as Quickie suggests) you would have a pretty, current-looking top.

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Date: 7/10/13 9:49 AM

Great suggestions by all, but I would get rid of that embellishment. It gives a heavy, weighted down look to the garment. Perhaps something similar, but a bit lighter and less fussy.

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Date: 7/11/13 0:13 AM

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The ruffled decoration would be beautiful on a handbag.


quathy, It is funny you say that. I look at this picture and it looks like I am a lovely bowling bag, lugging 2 giant bowling balls!

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Personally I would immediately add raglan sleeves. I love the embellishment. I hink it is worthwile to do so. I don 't know if you have some of the material of the bodice . Otherwise you could even think of something sneer in the good colour.


Quickie, I don't have any of this material, but I was thinking along these same lines myself. Probably will choose a black fabric.
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Date: 7/11/13 5:28 AM

I think my inclination would be to cut off the neckline trim and use it on another garment, probably one with sleeves to balance it out. Then use the fabric for undies.

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Date: 7/11/13 7:06 AM

I would cut the embellishment off and embellish it MORE. Then use it as a necklace, maybe shorten it a little and wear it in with a more flattering shirt, I think the color is a bit drab, too. I would brighten it up maybe with some colored stones or silk flowers. I would go over the top and make it a real statement.

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Date: 7/11/13 9:27 AM

I might consider removing the embelishment, and raising the shirt to a tanktop style, then adding the trim back, but it would be closer to your face and the shirt would be shorter, and in my opinion more flattering, especially if you made the hem shaped.Pam

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Date: 7/12/13 0:11 AM

Boy, you are getting a lot of suggestions! I think the embellishment is heavy also, so I would cut around the "butterfly" part that also contains the "rose" and add it to a top or dress that either you create or purchase. I also like that handbag idea.

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