Old wrap skirt to new blouse

I had a once much loved linen wrap skirt that I hadn’t worn for years.  It was faded on the outside & in any case was difficult to cycle in – wrap skirts tend to fly open when cycling.

I  decided to turn it into a blouse for every day wear & turned to Vogue 2634(adapted). I’ve made this pattern up at least half a dozen times in various guises.

 There wasn’t enough fabric for conventional cutting out so I cut everything singly & cut the back into 5 pieces so that I could use the edges of skirt panels.Back view

I needed to use the hem of the skirt to get the length but had to use the inside to avoid too faded a look.  This led me to the leftovers from a not very successful linen dress – made about 15 years ago – I used it for flowery strips to cover the hem edge & then cut bias strips for the armholes & collar trim.

Front View

There’s hardly anything left from the skirt now & I’ve got a blouse to wear over jeans or jodphurs for everyday wear.

The leftovers

Refashioning a man’s shirt into a blouse

Men’s shirting fabrics are lovely & most used shirts are worn on collar & cuffs only, so they have lots of lovely fabric to work with.

This shirt was not much bigger than I am. I think it’s easier to use a very much larger shirt because you can just cut lay out a commercial blouse pattern on the cut up pieces & of you go. My way is trickier but fun.

This is the shirt before I did anything.

Cutting off the collar.

Starting the shaping.  I used a dummy to help with the shaping but I had to keep trying the shirt on to check it looked ok.

Next, I cut down the double turn back cuffs to size.

Shortening. Done at an angle to make an interesting shape at the bottom of the shirt.

More shaping.

I cut some of the fullness from the sleeves, finished the edges with bias binding cut from an old sheet and changed the buttons.

And here it is:

Front view.

Back view.