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Topic: Maternity (or not!) 'Pirate Top' Mens Shirt Upcycle - TUTORIAL! (lots of pics!!)  (Read 11305 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!

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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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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2011 03:58:37 AM »

I love this and thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2011 02:58:43 PM »

it looks great! I'm playing a pirate in a musical (Peter pan) and this is just right as a top! Thanks!
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2011 03:27:53 PM »

that is so awesome Smiley I would wear it non maternity too!! Super cute!
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2011 01:37:14 AM »

yea and if you wear it as a non-maternity top you can choose to wear the belt on your actual waist (oh I miss my waist!!)

x GS
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« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2011 01:26:56 PM »

Sweet!  It looks ADORABLE on you!
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« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2011 01:39:17 PM »

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy thankyou everyone.. :-)
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« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2011 06:24:44 PM »

I love it! Thank you so much for the tutorial!
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« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2011 03:45:26 PM »

That's really pretty and it looks fabulous on you. It looks like the sort of thing that would be very forgiving and accommodate a growing baby belly.
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2011 01:28:07 AM »

Totally freakin adorable Wink  !!
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« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2011 08:42:33 PM »

Oooh I'm 14 weeks and dreading buying a bunch of maternity wear, as I'm on a tight budget--this will be perfect, thanks!
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« Reply #20 on: July 29, 2011 04:33:35 AM »

I've got another couple of tutes on here for upcycled maternity clothes:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386127.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=379646.0

you should also check out: http://diymaternity.com/ for some great east maternity makes/patterns/and tutorials

good luck!!! (and only silly people spend lots of money on new maternity clothes, upcycling FTW!!!)

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« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2011 12:37:04 PM »

This is SO super cute! It looks great on you and suits your little round tummy very well. That belt adds a great detail and lends to your shape beautifully. If you ask ME, that rough ruffled edge is charming as HECK! I would have a closet full of these... one in every colour!
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