up cycling: Sleeveless blouses

in Entertaining nonsense and profound thought

Some of you are going to think I’m nuts. But sometimes I start on these projects just to give my mind a break. Really, sewing is easy for me, and I’m not afraid to make mistakes. Way easier than writing books, that’s for sure. I have these three shirts I love, that were a little tight when I bought them, but I was on a downward weight spiral I thought another five pounds and I’ll be good.


After a year of health issues that made everything worse weight wise I’m not anywhere close to looking good in them. Exibit A: Me in one of the shirts:

too tight










Please ignore the glimpse of bra. At least it’s not my stomach!

Not attractive! But I love them so I took myself off to the fabric store and came back with this:










To match up with these:










Like this:










To end up with something like this:












Being photo bombed by one of my sons!

Ignore the sleeves I threw the shirt on over my t-shirt. I also started with the ugliest of the shirts in case I made mistakes. Which I didn’t. so that’s cool.

And tomorrow I’ll show you what I did!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Judy, Judy, Judy March 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Awesome. I often customize my clothes. It drives my mother crazy when I pay money for something then cut into it. But if it isn’t working for me – or you… I’m eager to see just what you did.

I’m working on new curtains myself.


Judie March 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Very nice. I am not domestically inclined and am always envious of those with mad skills!!


KarenB March 5, 2013 at 9:32 am

Looks cute! and funny kid! 😀
I can’t sew on a machine. I don’t know why but there is something about that interface that just fails with me. I couldn’t make a wrap-around skirt in home-ec back in the day even when I had an exasperated teacher helping me.


Julie March 5, 2013 at 6:31 am

Super clever, I am SO looking forward to the next installment of this project!

Also, HILARIOUS photo bomb. Holy crap our kids are great.


Nan March 5, 2013 at 1:53 am

Totally cool idea, Kate! I wish I sewed…well, I can sew on a button… ;(


Skye March 5, 2013 at 12:14 am

Then, when you eventually lose the weight again, you can remove the extra fabric and return to the original shirts!

This is very clever!


Kate March 5, 2013 at 12:40 am

Only rather than return to the original, I think I’ll leave the contrasting collar and placket, because I kind of like mixing materials!


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