August 7, 2013

The Everyday Tunic - Refashion

When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave your hands

Your Hands - J. J. Heller

Before                       -                       After

I picked this size 16 Arrow shirt up at a thrift store last Thursday for $1.  It was the first time I had shopped with my friend Brittany.  Needless to say she didn't understand why I was picking up large men's clothing, sheets, and XXXL sweaters. :-) All in good time.

I cut off the sleeves, 

took in the sides,  

hemmed the arm holes and shirred the back.

Even when you start with a big shirt, it is hard to flatter and girl's body with it.  The shirring takes the guess work out of the side seams.

To remove the last bit of "meh" I covered the front pocket in lace.  Presto feminine-o.  Ish.

And it looks splendid with a belt.  I can see this with everything, everyday.  Dress it up with a black pencil skirt and black belt for the office, White pants and fun necklace for dinner, red pants for your favorite hipster concert, maxi skirt and belt for Sunday and shorts for a day around the house!

Voila!  The everyday tunic.


  1. Super cute! I love the shirring in the back and the lace on the pocket.

  2. Hi Joanna! I recently just found your blog again, after seeing it years ago when you posted about your Liesl dress. I am enjoying reading all of your posts! I love the lace pockets on this shirt! I have thought a lot about re-making shirts, etc. Your blog is an inspiration to me!

  3. Love it! I'm going to have to do this to an man's t-shirt - so clever. :)