Tuesday, July 23, 2013

DIY: color-block oversize shirt

an oversized two-tone shirt 
using two worn-out men's dress shirts

I made this refashion quite long time ago, when I wanted to get familiar with my overlocking machine: (so intimidating!)...

I have plenty of my husband's worn-out shirts: in this case the blue one's collar was at the end of its life, and the white one's french cuffs were in bad shape.

Then I remember saving a picture on my computer of a white and blue color-block shirt and asked the help of True Blue Me and You on how to find the original source for that picture... and found out that
the inspiration piece comes from M12, great collections!

left: M12 - M12 on Molecule-F / collage by moi

Make a color-block shirt // supplies:

* two dress shirts in different colors but in the same size (your choice for the fit: I wanted an oversized look for the finished shirt, so I used my husband's - fitted shirts for him, pretty loose for me - )
water erasable marking pen
rotary cutter + mat + ruler
* sewing machine and (optional) serger
* scissors and matching threads

The color-block shirt: the how-to // tutorial

Take the sleeves off the blue shirt and then cut it just above the arm hole lines
make sure that you're cutting perfectly symmetrical
Position and pin the blue shirt onto the white one
make sure that the distance between the buttons will be the same with the other buttons
I used my serger threaded with 4 threads to do the overlock and stitching.
This shirts consists only in straight seams, therefore it was the perfect project to break the ice between me and my serger machine. ...We became almost friend after this!!

the tricky part is to get the color-block on the sleeves perfectly aligned
with the front and back.
I wore my shirt and draw the straight line with the water erasable marker
where the seam had to be.
Because the shirts I'm using are larger than my size,
the result is that the sleeves will be cut at a diagonal angle.
Match the blue shirt's sleeves with the part that has been cut on the white shirt
(in this case, it's better to bast in place the two parts of the sleeves, and try the shirt on
to assure that the color-block will be in the right place)
Measure and cut the cuff to reach the 3/4 length for the sleeves:
I took a shortcut and rather than make the cuff, 

I slipped into the 3/4" seam an elastic band
which I didn't tie much, just enough to shape the sleeves.

Last, I made the color-block pointed pocket and sew it in place 
pocket detail

This shirt turned out to be an extremely versatile piece: from cover-up to just plain oversized shirt on skinny jeans... my new favorite!

xox, d.

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