Chiffon Bottom Shirt Refashion

chiffon bottom shirt refashion tutorialSo it has been a while since I have done a refashion for my Wardrobe Revamp and Refashion.  I am just getting over pneumonia- who gets pneumonia in the middle of summer?! Apparently I do.  I could blame the pneumonia on the fact that I haven’t done a refashion in a while which would definitely be true, but for some reason this shirt from SheInside was tripping me up.  I liked the detail of the dark chiffon on the bottom.  It added a soft romantic touch to an otherwise plain shirt.  I had originally planned on a using a purple shirt with purple chiffon for the bottom.  I purchased the chiffon, took my before picture, and then the shirt just sat there.  I couldn’t bring myself to start it because I already didn’t like it.  I was dreading spending my time sewing a shirt that I knew I didn’t like.  Finally I wised up and scrapped the purple shirt and started a fresh.  I frequently gravitate toward grey, blue and black.  I tried going out of my comfort zone with the purple but I just wasn’t digging it.

before_after Chiffon Bottom Shirt I snagged a grey shirt of my husbands that didn’t fit him well and everything else fell into place.

chiffon bottom shirt refashion_1 I really like the combination of the grey shirt with the black chiffon bottom.  I first cut off the sleeves to make it short sleeved.   Since it was my husbands shirt, I needed to take it in.  I put it on inside out and pinned where I wanted my seam to go.  I sewed the sides from the sleeve down.  While I had the shirt on I also marked where I wanted the chiffon to start.  I cut off the bottom of the shirt and added my tube of chiffon.

chiffon bottom shirt refashion_2The tube of chiffon that I added was way too long so I needed to cut it down to size.  I used the old hem from the grey shirt as my guide for the bottom of the chiffon.  After I cut it, I wanted the front to come up a little higher than the back so I turned the shirt on its side and cut it accordingly.  To help it lie flat, I top stitched over where the grey shirt and black chiffon seam was.

chiffon bottom shirt tutorial_3I cut off the end of the long sleeve and used that to make my pocket.  To finish the chiffon, I decided on doing a rolled hem with my serger.  I went back and forth between a rolled hem and a regular folded up hem but decided on the rolled hem because I didn’t like how see through the other one was.

chiffon bottom shirt refashionMuch better than the purple people eater that was holding me up! I am glad I switched to the grey shirt.  I am working my way through the rest of my Wardrobe Revamp and Refashion.  If you haven’t seen my previous shirt refashions, click over and take a look.  Also, make sure to check back to see the next refashion, a peplum top!

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  1. I LOVE seeing your refashions. The details–and detailed photos–make them look possible. Maybe today I will try this! Thanks for adding fun to my life.

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Nancy! Your comment was the first thing I read when I woke up this morning and it put a smile on my face! If you try it, make sure and let me know because I want to see your version!

  2. Wow! That is super cute! Your blog is really inspiring!

  3. What a great idea. I feel so silly for buying one. 😉

    • greylustergirl says:

      Did you buy one Aly? Do you like it? I totally would have bought one too if I weren’t trying to refashion my wardrobe. I thought it was such a cute shirt!Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Wow, that’s quite a transformation! Your refashioned shirt looks amazing and I like the added pocket.

  5. This is so great! I love seeing people make their own garments from expensive inspirations. And it’s a great idea to give us sneak peaks into what you want to do next.

  6. Great tutorial! Your version of the shirt looks SO much better!
    I would love it if you could link this up to the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. Our readers love to see sewing projects like this! Thank you & have a great week!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thank Carrie! It was fun to hop over to your blog! I of course entered the $300 giveaway and am following you on Pinterest. I just know I will win :).

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