I've been following the 'Refashioners 2015'. You can read all about it here, but basically the idea is that you take a charity shop/donated/recycled shirt and refashion it into a different garment. There have been some really innovative designs, so inventive that you'd never recognise them for what they were.
I quite fancied having a go at this challenge myself, but what actually triggered a burst of activity, was the fact that my boiler had it's annual service yesterday, and I had to clear the entire cupboard, including a suitcase that contains out-of-season clothes. I had a look to see what was stashed in there, and came across a pink shirt that originally came from a posh menswear shop, but that I bought (apparently unworn) from a charity shop a couple of years ago, with the vague intention of making it into an upmarket painting apron. Well, that never happened, so I decided to combine my fancy for a refashion, with my current love for the Sorbetto and here's the result -
Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the original shirt, but I guess we all know what a man's shirt looks like.
Anyway, I kept the original hems and button stand, but cut the neckline, armholes and side seams from the Sorbetto pattern, ensuring that the top button was going to end up in the right place. The sleeves were quite full, and there was plenty of fabric for cutting bias binding. Having done all the cutting, I stitched the front darts, resewed the side seams, and stitched on the binding.
I'm really pleased with it, and I'll be keeping an eye out for more fancy shirts.
Pink Shirt - American Suitcase