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najaorama
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« on: November 17, 2010 10:41:35 AM »

I wanted to make something pretty and I am obsessed with the idea of converting a mens shirt. I also wanted a chance to try a new technique: Pin-tucks. I read many tutorials on them, then kind of ignored them all. They all say to sew your pintucks before you cut the pattern which doesn't really work for my purposes.

This shirt was quite an adventure but I am really pleased with how it came out.

It pulls a bit between the first two buttons. If I did this again I would use a larger shirt. This was an Old Navy mens medium.


I realized I would have to take off the pocket for the pin-tucks to work. I used a seam ripper but got lazy and pulled...and tore a small but noticeable hole. Lesson: patience.

Here is the hole on the finished shirt.


A piece of the lined cuff, some hot glue, and a pinback later...

ta-da!


I also added some vintage lace trim I scored from a good will grab bag.


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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2010 10:58:13 AM »

Looks good! Here is a seam ripping tip, find the BACK side of the stitch and every 5 stitches or so cut the thread. Do this the whole length of the stitch you want to remove, then flip over and pull the top sting. All the stitches should pop right out.
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2010 11:40:54 AM »

love your new shirt! Did you have to do anything to resize the back? I like the extra touch of the flower!
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2010 05:08:17 PM »

I love it!!!  I, too, am obsessed with converting men's shirts and I think this is a fantastic idea!  How adorable! Thanks so much for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2010 02:41:40 AM »

I love this idea and may have to try this. I have a very long torso, womens blouses are always too short for me and expose my tummy  Embarrassed when I lift my arms. I like mens shirts cause they are generally longer but they aren't very flattering on. The idea of pintucks makes this much prettier. Thanks for the idea. (hee hee heading to Good will to see if I can find a cool man shirt to pintuck!}
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2010 05:38:46 AM »

Love your recon!  The lace waist and fabric rose are beautiful touches.
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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2010 10:25:26 AM »

Thanks Zowie for the seam rip tip and Velkos I didn't do anything to the back. I guess I could have but I didn't want t eh buttons to pull an more than the already did.
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2010 09:09:54 AM »

Adorable! I think I may have to shop in the Men's section of Goodwill. Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2010 03:11:22 PM »

really cute! i like the neckline and the lace
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