Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Horizontal Stripes and Dye

Hello Readers. I have heard many times that horizontal stripes are not flattering but I had a men's shirt with gray and wine colored stripes. It was soft cotton and my husband put it in the give-away pile. That means it is mine to use.
 
 
I found a pair of wine colored jeans at a clothes swap. I had been wanting some denim in this color so I was pleased. But these pants need help. The fit is awful. It doesn't show in the pictures as much as real life but they are a little faded too. That's OK I can work with this.
 
 
The first thing I did was refresh the jeans with wine colored dye. It is very easy to use the dye in the washer.
 
 
After using the dye and freshening the color I made the jeans smaller and more fitted. I sewed along the side seams and I also shortened the legs too. It took a few tries to get the size right. These jeans didn't have any stretch so I had to be careful not to make them too tight. Tight jeans with no stretch mean you can't eat and keep breathing.

 
When I was done with the jeans I got to work on the shirt. It was too big and the horizontal stripes made it look even bigger. And it made me look bigger. I decided to make it shorter, smaller and I thought 3/4 length sleeves would be more flattering.

 
I thought I was done. I put these clothes on and took a picture. When I looked at the picture I decided that I wasn't done at all. The shirt just looked too big. I thought the extra fabric in the shirt and the stripes made me look bigger in the upper body. I may be a little crazy but I just wasn't happy with it. The jeans were also a little baggy in the calves. Back to work!
 
 
I made the shirt a little smaller and shortened the sleeves. If there were less of the stripes that would look better right? I just wanted lees of this fabric.
I was honestly getting tired of these clothes. They were just taking a lot of time for some simple alterations.
 
 
I was done! I liked the short sleeves and the overall fit of everything. Finally!
 
 
Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.
 

4 comments:

  1. When I do this type of refash on a shirt, I always feel like it looks too big... unless I go through the trouble of detaching the sleeves and shortening the yoke/shoulders in addition to making the body and sleeves themselves smaller.

    Looks great though :) Love the shirt/jeans combo.

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    1. I agree, that would have solved this case too. Men's shirts are always made for bigger shoulders and women usually don't fit the shirts easily.
      Happy sewing to you!
      Chickie

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  2. Very nice refashion! You are very talented at making clothes fit and flatter :)

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    1. Thanks Queen Of Rods! That is nice to hear.
      Happy sewing to you!
      Chickie

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