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Upcycle Denim Shirts
My husband was cleaning out his closet and handed me a couple of denim shirts to donate. I couldn’t help but notice the logo on one of the shirts from a marina we frequent on our summer boating trips – I couldn’t bear to allow that one to go. A friend mentioned making a quilt, but I don’t foresee that on the shortlist anytime soon. Then it occurred to me – UPCYCLE! I do need a sundress for the boating season and what better than a couple of denim shirts to play with!
Let’s Get Started – Designing the Tank!
Try on the shirt and check the fit. Start by marking the width of the desired tank onto the shoulder seam
As I am holding up this sleeve, notice how wide the top is and how low the armscye falls. This will all be changed J
Measure from the back of the neck to your natural waistline and draw a line. Measure on the front of the top as well.
From the waist marking, measure down an additional 3” and place another mark. (I am adding the 3” to allow a little blousing when the dress is belted). Measure down another ½” to allow for a seam allowance.
Next, draw a line from the underarm seam up to the shoulder mark as shown.
For the full tutorial, check out my post on the Brother Stitching Sewcial blog. I always love to see what you are working on, be sure to share photos of your upcycled shirts using hashtags #angelawolf #brothersews
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