Monday, November 7, 2016

Up cycle Recycle Dadcycle

I have been stealing my dad's clothes for as long as I can remember.

 I especially love stealing his shirts. This plaid shirt is without a doubt my favorite old squishy, cozy, comfy! But, it was huge on me and very unflattering. I wore it anyways.

Recently I started thinking about ways to up cycle this shirt into something more stylish. I loved the character design of Elphias Doge in the Harry Potter movie The Deathly Hallows. I couldn't get over all those layers!

It isn't exactly practical, so I went for a modest version with two layers.

The first step was to modify shirt #1 by removing the sleeves, narrowing the shoulder yoke, shortening and resetting the sleeves, adding the cuffs and adding waist-shaping. I made sure to keep the integrity of sewing the flat felled seams you usually find in men's shirting.

Now, for shirt #2. I used the pockets, back hem, front button bands and collar. I love all the quirky details of this shirt, which is now a long fitted tunic. My favorite details are the double collar and cuffs!