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Topic: Maternity (or not!) 'Pirate Top' Mens Shirt Upcycle - TUTORIAL! (lots of pics!!)  (Read 9099 times)
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« on: June 11, 2011 02:16:05 PM »

This is a top I made myself out of a men’s shirt. It was intended to just give me something to wear to a pirate theme party I went to last weekend, but it’s turned out to be the most comfortable top EVER.



I’m on maternity leave from work now and I’d been squeezing myself into an array of maternity and non-maternity wear since I was determined not to buy anything new for the last couple of weeks. Being able to dress casually full time now (and even just in my PJs if I like) is SUCH a relief!

Anyhow… I took lots of pictures, so here's a tutorial. It took no time at all!! and I’ve even gone out and bought a couple more shirts (from charity shops – of course!) so I can make some more and perhaps make a dress modification (did I mention it’s the most comfortable thing ever?)

OK start with a men's shirt - the bigger the better:


Unpick the pocket (or any other embellishments thereon) and decide roughly on the shape you're going for... as I said this was made for a pirate costume and I'm going through a 'hotter than hell' phase... so I chose an off the shoulder/peasant style neckline...


you need to add a GENEROUS hem allowance all round ... especially if you're adding a trim:



I made my own ruffle the hard way, shredded some fabric, sewed it together in lengths, loose stitch tension, long stitch length, straight stitch... and GOOOOO...

You can of course buy ruffled lace... I suggest you do that... I didn't.
I don't really think you should do what I did, but I wanted a 'rough' edge as I did make this as a pirate costume...

sew it along the edge of your hems (right side facing) using about 1/2 of your seam allowance...:


You end up with something looks like this....:


Now you need to turn the edges to your actual seam allowance, press and topstitch



So you've got this big ole hem allowance, you need to make a elastic casing out of it. For the sleeves you're going to have to make a cut up to your topsitiching, like this (I did it in the armpit). :


Now across all edges you're going to make another line of stitching. big enough to accommodate your elastic, the stitching needs to sew your seam allowance to your garment. from the outside it should look like this:



You need to thread your elastic though the casing you've made sew or tie the ends of your elastic together at the sleeves, and sew your elastic in place to secure it along your collar and you're done!:


And there you go!


I'm happy to answer questions  Cheesy I love this top <3

x GS

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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2011 02:46:27 PM »

It does look amazing. Thank you for the tutorial Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2011 05:35:12 PM »

What a great idea! It looks awesome. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2011 01:18:21 AM »

Great work. It's so easy and so cute!
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2011 03:27:23 AM »

Thankyou everyone   Grin Grin Grin

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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2011 05:57:59 AM »

This is lovely! And the best part is, it looks like it's not a maternity-specific garment so you should get use out of it for a long time to come.

I like how the sleeves seem to fit you perfectly. I find that to be the tricky part of this type of recon.
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2011 10:04:17 AM »

I think it's the elastic that makes it fit so well... and you're right, it's not *really* maternity specific AND it'll be breastfeeding friendly because it's button up!  Grin thats why I want to make a dress version...  Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2011 01:49:02 PM »

That is a realy great maternity shirt!

Thanks for the tute
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2011 02:23:04 PM »

aw thankyou!!!  Cheesy Cheesy

x GS
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2011 08:10:15 AM »

This is very nice ! Looks absolutely cute on you!
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