I completed this project (from start to finish!) in just a couple of hours this evening. First, I asked Noah which of Daddy’s old dress shirts he would like to have re-made into a shirt for him. He chose this green one. I know, this isn’t true up-cycling but we really like the shirt and it’s been sitting around the house for a couple of years unworn because the length of the body is just too short for Brian. So, the green one it was!
I used pattern pieces from the Prepster Pullover, part of the Blank Slate Basics by Melly Sews. I placed the pieces on the shirt so that I could use as many original seams/hems as possible. This means that the hemline of my shirt does not follow the same lines as the Prepster Pullover pattern because I wanted to save some time.
First I removed the pocket (this took the longest amount of time) and folded it’s sides in to make it smaller.
Next, I cut the other pattern pieces. I still have some fabric left over and the collar piece to practice re-making a collar into a clergy collar.
Then I sewed on the pocket, sewed the yoke and the back piece together, and attached the front to the back at the shoulders. After that, I sewed up the side seams, pinned the sleeves in place and sewed them in, and added the collar. I also sewed up the original button placket to about half way between the second and third buttons so that the shirt will still be a pullover.
Press everything and it’s all ready to wear! Hopefully it fits because I sewed a size 8 without actually measuring my son. I guess if it’s too big, he’ll grow into it soon enough! 🙂 I’m hoping to update with a photo of Noah wearing the shirt tomorrow after he’s tried it on (and after I’ve driven my mom to a doctor appointment).