Monday, 27 June 2011

Vintage Revamp #5 - Shirt to Skirt Challenge, Completed!

Hello there everyone and welcome to the grand unveiling of my completed Shirt to Skirt Challenge! If you cast your minds back you will remember that this is what I started this challenge with:

Original plaid shirt

Well, things couldn't be more different now! Take a look at what that old plaid shirt has been transformed into:

Plaid jumper - Front

Plaid jumper - Back

So what do you think? Just a little bit different huh? :) I am unbelievably happy with how this skirt has turned out, I don't think you would ever know that it had once been a shirt! I'm very happy with the fit and the fabric is so lovely and soft because of the age of the original shirt. I think it looks really cute and is fun to wear, it makes me smile even if to others I may look a little like a leprechaun. Surely that's what life's about anyway... :)

Check out my matching bow!

I did get a little bit overexcited and decide that this skirt just wouldn't work without a matching bow for my hair (a bit of a change from the cream rose that I seem to wear every single day, I need to make more hair accessories...!) which you can see in the picture above. It took me about an hour to make, really simple and I think it works really well. Here's an extreme close up, for anyone who's interested:

Extreme Close Up of matching bow!

I'm also really happy with the amount of detail I managed to include on this project, I love taking my time to make things special! Some of these details include reversible straps:

See, they can be plaid too!

Lots of buttons and button holes, plus rick-rack details near the skirt hem:

Buttons, buttons everywhere! Plus pretty rick-rack too :)

The pocket from the original shirt revamped with rick-rack and some personal embroidery (remember the extra detail I mentioned at the end of this post? Well here it is!) using my initials:

Pocket Love xxx

I also love how the straps cross at the back. It just makes me happy :) :

Criss-crossing straps, happy days!

I have loved this Shirt to Skirt Challenge, particularly because I've pretty much been winging the whole thing! To create something entirely on my own without patterns or tutorials to show me what to do or the right/wrong way to do things has been a huge step forward for me. I've found this whole process incredibly liberating as it's shown me that I shouldn't underestimate my common sense and my basic sewing ability. I achieved much more that I thought I'd be able to with this project and that's just left me throughly excited for my next one!

Let me leave you with this ridiculous picture of me hanging out with some garden shrubbery. I seem to lose all sense of reason when taking pictures for this blog!

To see the whole process of my Shirt to Skirt Challenge check out these posts:


Liz said...

What a transformation - it looks fab :)

Hannah said...

Very cute! cannot believe this started life as a shirt, the matching bow is a sweet addition, you look lovely.x

Miss Katie said...

Thank you both so much! I'm glad you like it :)

Kitty Darling said...

It looks amazing, and of course you too! You really made a fantastic work, hard to believe that it was once a shirt. Just fabulous :)

Anonymous said...

Great job! It looks fantastic. And it really reminds me of 1940s collegiate fashions. So cute!

❀Young Vintage Girl❀ said...

Absolutely Wonderful!!! i love love love it :)

Dial V for Vintage said...

Oh it looks so cute, you did a great job!

Daisie said...

Very cute, you realy did a great job !

Miss Meiow said...

So unbelievably cute :) You look lovely & have enviable sewing skills! x

Rhia said...

Ooh, it looks so cute! I especially like the embroidered pocket. I was just talking to mum the other day and saying that why don't people do embroidery on their clothes anymore :D Good thing you do!

Miss Magpie said...

It's gorgeous!

Faff said...

Aah it looks fab! And I adore the matching bow too, all hair should have bows in! :)

Miss Marie said...

Just fabulous! And the leprechaun comparison never crossed my mind... well, not until you mentioned it!

Seriously though, this skirt is adorable, and something to be immensely proud of - so creative and clever.

Wendy said...

oh my I have just read all your prievous posts on this amazing artical (way behind on my blog reading, again!) and I am blown away, I would have never had the imagination to do something so creative with that shirt, I looks truly stunning well done you!!!

Miss Katie said...

Kitty Darling - Thank you so much!

mala-14 - That was the look I was going for so thanks for saying that! You've made me very happy :)

Young Vintage Girl - Thank you, I'm glad you like it!

Dial V for Vintage - Thank you!

Daisie - Thanks :)

Miss Meiow - That's very sweet of you to say! Thank you

Rhia - I know, I've always looked embroidery on clothes, it should be brought back! Thanks for the comment!

Miss Magpie - Thank you

Faff - I totally agree, bows for all!

Miss Marie - Thank you for your lovely comment :)

Wendy - Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it :) And mostly I'm just happy it turned out the way I'd hoped!

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