I do believe this is my first time posting on the clothing board! Here's the finished project (plus a braided dog toy I made out of the scraps.)
And here's the story: I was poking around in Anthropologie, and found the cutest shirt
! Two problems, though. One, it was $58. For a tee shirt. And two, the cut of it made me look pregnant. Um, no thanks. But I couldn't get the shirt out of my head. I loved the mix of colors and patterns, and that sweet little floral pocket. I decided to see if I could make one myself.
I found two shirts I liked at Target. Total cost: $16, making a savings of $42. Sweet! I bought the turquoise shirt that became the main part (front, top, and sleeves) in my regular size, L, and purchased the black and white shirt (for the back) in XXL, so I'd have a little to spare for seams and some gathering along the part that attaches to the yoke.
Here's how to make your own Frankenshirt:
Cut along the side seams of both shirts, all the way up to the sleeve seams.
Cut the back panel of the black and white shirt straight across, from underarm seam to underarm seam. It helps if you have a rotary cutter and a metal ruler, but if not, just measure and cut carefully! On the back of the turquoise shirt, cut straight across, about 2" down from the sleeve seam.
Make a pocket! You can use the black and white shirt material, but I really loved that floral pocket and wanted something completely different. I didn't have appropriate material, but I did have a very old tee shirt I never wore. I cut a template to find the best part of the pattern, lightly drew my cut lines in pen (don't forget to leave seam allowances!) and cut it out for the pocket. LOBSTAH! Put the front part of your shirt on to position the pocket, pin it in place, and sew it on.
Pin the top of the black and white back panel to the back of the turquoise shirt, wrong sides together. If you got a larger sized shirt for the back piece, you're going to need to gather it a bit at the yoke before you sew it. Iron your seam towards the top, and top stitch it with contrasting thread, if desired.
Now, simply pin and sew up the sides. Badda bing, badda boom...frankenshirt!
Here's the back:
And the front, once again.
I cut strips out of the scraps of shirt I had left, and braided them together to make a dog toy.