I didn't want this to be just another men's shirt refashion though. What say we add a little lace to go with that silk, to feminize it a bit more, yeah? So I pulled out this mesh tunic from our TST swap that, while cute, just isn't really my style. I used my seam ripper to remove the piece of lace around the collar.
To get started on the shirt, I first cut off the sleeves, leaving about 1/2 inch of fabric to finish those raw edges in a bit.
Then I cut off the shoulder flaps and the collar.
Once the extra fabric was out of the way, I folded over the 1/2 inch sleeve remnant to finish the armhole edges.
Next, Rosy and I got to draping and made a plan.
I unbuttoned the top two buttons and gathered each side of the front with a few folds. Each side was sewn to the tops of the lacy bit, then folded downward and top-stitched, and the excess fabric was trimmed away.
For the back, I sewed down each side of the lace, along the straight-ish line a couple inches in from the scalloped edges. Once the excess with trimmed away, you can see I left a sizable amount of fabric at the bottom for a big pleat. Then I folded down the edges and the pleat and sewed along the "V" shape again, about 1/4 inch away from the first line of stitches.
I thought about leaving the scalloped edging of the lace to hang free, but opted instead to go ahead and sew that down as well, which also helped secure the pleat at the bottom of the lace insert.
Finally, I reattached the laundering tag in the side seam, and salvaged the collar button to replace the missing button at the belly.
I *adore* how the lace back turned out. It's exactly as I had envisioned. Still not what I would call pastel, but apparently, this is as close as I get.
On a related note, I am getting so sick of dodging thunderstorms for five minutes at a time just to take pictures in my backyard. When is this rain going to stop already!?! It's hard to feel cute and springy when I can't remember having seen the sun in probably two months!
Top: refashioned // J.Crew jeans: $10 thrifted // Pastel Pink Converse: $15 Target clearance // Crocheted cuff: me-made // Necklace: me-made from Granma's brooch // Yellow rose earrings: Etsy
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