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« on: August 26, 2010 09:16:20 AM »

DH got several Old Navy shirts from a guy he was doing odd jobs for, I stole them from the Good Will bag knowing I could make something out of them (that was over a year ago).
*every tutorial needs a curious old hound dog to supervise*

While the patterns arent the best the cotton is awesome. Its got that soft aged feel. I just want to curl up in one and fall asleep *light bulb*. So I made a nightie out of one.

Ok this is only my second clothing tutorial, so if anything is unclear please ask. Also I think  I got this idea from seeing a tutorial online for making a skirt out of a mens shirt, but it wasnt going to work for me cuz, well, baby got back.

First cut the sleeves off the shirt. Then cut straight across the back seam on both sides like so.

I used the sleeves as side inserts. I didnt want to deal with the button cuff thing on the sleeve so I laid the sleeve against the shirt matching the bottom of the short side of the sleeve with the bottom of the sleeve hole of the shirt. It types more complicated than it is. In the pic the thread is the line of the shirt underneath. Cut along this line.

Repeat with other side and other sleeve. You should end up with something that looks like this.

Cut up the side of the shirt from bottom not cutting through the armpit seam. Here is a side view of how the sides fit. Sew.

Now I forgot to take pic of the next step because I had to do some problem solving.

Essentially I sewed ribbon across the top and encasing the sleeves long enough to tie at shoulders. (I recommend bias tape. Seriously the ribbon was a pain in my a$$). Then the top was way too big.  I decided to try a new-to-me technique. Elastic bobbin.

Sorry this pic is so hard to look at.

Verdict on the elastic bobbin: fun and easy, cant wait to use it again.

Finished product
Close-up of front.

Close up of back (I forget that I have a tattoo)

Like I said before, this may not have been the clearest explanation so ask away. Really it was easier that it sounds and I like that it has the boyfriend shirt feeling.

Also I am re-purposing as many things from my closet as possible and blogging about it.
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2010 10:12:43 AM »

Sweet! Nice reconstruction!  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2010 10:57:13 AM »

Great job!

Hmm...you've inspired me! Something similar to this would make a great maternity tank top I think! I never would have thought to use the sleeves in the side seam like that to add fullness. Great job. The hubster has some great button up shirts that are never going to fit him again; may have to raid the closet today! Definitely bookmarking this tute to come back to later.  Smiley  Thanks for sharing, and once again, great job!
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2010 01:06:29 PM »

Cute and inspiring!


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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2010 05:07:57 PM »

It looks so feminine and comfy which I think is a great combination. Thanks for showing us how to do it ourselves  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2010 04:39:19 AM »

cute nightie
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2010 10:45:58 PM »

What a neat idea!  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2010 03:41:25 AM »

super cute Smiley  Great recon


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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2010 07:33:44 AM »

The nightie came out really cute!  I'm always wanting to re-use large button down shirts and this is the ticket. Thanks for the tut, which I thought was easy to follow as well--great idea about the side insert panels!   Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2010 05:22:07 PM »

Good idea!
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