Peter Pan Pinstripes: Refashion a Shirt

Refashion a Shirt Adventure

pinstripe peter pan: refashion #1

I posted a teaser on this project a few Saturdays ago, and almost forgot to share “the rest of the story”.

Or more of the story, anyway.

Most of my wardrobe is thrifted.  While I love to find things that fit perfectly in the perfect color and perfect cut, it’s rare. And for some reason, not quite as exciting to me as discovering diamonds in the rough…clothes that seem irrelevant but have untapped potential (like a dress that could be a skirt, or a blouse that would look great as the bodice of a dress).  Or  clothes that are way too big.  Sometimes, the bigger the better.  Bigger means more fabric to play with (think yardage), more wiggle room.  Which was the original state of this shirt (“AND YOU! Friendless, Brainless, Helpless, Hopeless. Do you want me to send you back to where you were, unemployed in Greenland?”Vizzini to Fezzik, The Princess Bride).

It was way too big.  And it was very boring.  But I loved the length (I’m short; tops skimming just past the top of my hips help me look less boxy), I really really loved the blue/green pinstripes, the fabric was  excellent quality (I think the shirt was Eddie Bauer).  No pockets in awkward places; I knew I could cut the collar off, deepen the neckline, finish it with a Peter Pan collar, take the sleeves off, take in the sides and add front and back darts for a more flattering fit, and sew the sleeves back in with just  enough gather to fit the new, slightly smaller armhole.  And that is how  this “refashion a shirt” project went.  I almost choked on the collar, when I saw how incongruous  the yellow looked with the blue/green…but after waiting a day or two, I found I liked the contrast.  

peter pan pinstripe: refashion a shirt #2

This project was a milestone for me; it is one of my first significant “refashion a shirt” attempts (beyond adding darts or taking in side seams).  I’m pleased with it;  barring a couple of minor fitting errors and an over-emphasized peter pan collar (it almost looks pilgrim…still fun though).  

Lessons learned:  *mark points for the new neckline while the shirt is on.  Somehow, this neckline got lower than I wanted.  *Pin alterations with the shirt on; my alterations ended a little snug in the bust and tummy.  *Study lookbooks  to find ideas…especially line/proportion ideas.  Since refashioning this shirt, I’ve seen other more diminutive peter pan collars  that I like better.  *And last, don’t be afraid of messing up.  Taking the plunge is the best way to learn. 

Here are snippets of my thrifted shirt deconstruction, and how I made the pattern for the peter pan collar:

original shirt: pinstriped peter pandeconstruction: peter pan pinstriped
The Original, and its Deconstruction (Farewell To Arms, And Collar…But don’t lose the arms, you’ll need them later).
making collar pattern: frontmaking collar pattern: back
I traced the neckline of the deconstructed shirt, front and back, to make a peter pan collar pattern
pattern peter pan collarpattern peter pan collarcut out peter pan collar
Note to self: don’t forget seam allowances!

peter pan pinstripe, refashion a shirt #2

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  • Angie - February 5, 2013, 10:01 pm

    How cute – I love it! Thank you so much for sharing this at my link party 🙂

  • Crystelle Boutique January 31, 2013, 12:39 pm

    Oh wow! I can’t believe what a fabulous remake that is. I especially like the collar!
    Good work, girl!

    hugs x
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    • Lynaea February 3, 2013, 12:15 am

      Thanks Crystelle! (I like the spelling of your name btw).

  • stephanie January 20, 2013, 7:47 am

    Wonderful job! It turned out just adorable! Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.

  • Alisha January 19, 2013, 6:18 pm

    Great re-fashion!! Stopping by from Cheerios & Latte linky party and your newest follower.

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  • Alisha January 19, 2013, 6:16 pm

    Great re-fashion!! Stopping by from Cheerios and Lattes Saturday Show & Tell and your newest follower.

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  • Shari January 19, 2013, 4:08 pm

    See what I mean, you are definately way more bohemian than hillbilly (see comment on previous post). Very flattering, and very much your colors.

    • Lynaea January 19, 2013, 10:10 pm

      Thanks Shari! Bohemian is a much more attractive stereotype…

  • Sara Urry January 19, 2013, 3:27 pm

    First thought, I love the colors and the fabric and the concept. Second though, I would shorten the sleeves to 3/4 length, because in my mind I think it would suit me better. I do really like it though. I love stripes, and I loves yellows/greens and blues. Cute!

    • Lynaea January 19, 2013, 10:05 pm

      I read in a Costco magazine that 3/4 sleeves are the most flattering. Good point. I just have a hard time discarding button parts…they are my least favorite to sew when I’m seamstressing from scratch. (=

  • denyse@crazy beautiful life January 19, 2013, 2:19 pm

    How fun to be able to sew and make your wardrobe look new again. Thanks for coming over and strutting your stuff!
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