My mother-in-law just gave me like 10 yards of white jersey and I thougth it would be a perfect opportunity to make a Billy Cardi. I saw the tutorial here http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2010/10/billy-cardi-tutorial-with-katy-from-no.html
I'm all about mending or re-purposing but sometimes there is a garment that is just too far gone to bring back. But in the spirit of not letting anything go to waist I found a way to give this dieing shirt one last purpose before I send it out of this mortal coil.
I think this is from my early days of bleach pen-ing. I have had it for years and basically it just started to disolve. Check out that sleeve.
Anyway the tutorial is great and it's super easy so I'm not going to reinvent the wheel, but you should check it out for full instructions.
My mother-in-law gave me about 10 yards of white jersey fabric and I couldn't wait to make my own Billie Cardi. basically you cut your old shirt on the seams. All you need to make the pattern is a sleeve (good cuz I only had one good one), the back, and half of the front.
I think the original tutorial uses patten paper but I like to cut out the middle man. I just pinned my shirt pieces to the fabric and cut it out.
I loved how "lovinthemommyhood" used a broach instead of a button, partly because there are so many ways to close this cardi, but also because I hate making button holes. So I needed a broach. I used my tried and true vintage earring to button technique.
One vintage earring minus clip...
plus pin back and hot glue.
My favorite way is the sort of high collard method.
But it is super comfy just left open.
And for a blazery look I like to close it just under my bust.
Overall the project was super easy. After looking at the originals I think I would have made the front flaps bigger and the sleeves a little wider. I still have a ton of fabric so I will totally try this again.