Refashion | Upcycled Vintage Silky Scarf T-shirt Combo

thee inspiration:

I've had this vintage silky scarf for years now and this t-shirt with a satiny neckline. I've always though they pair well together. So they were perfect for this refashion idea. 

For guidance I referenced these images I found off Pinterest:

This isn't a tutorial rather just how I went about doing this. I put the shirt on my dress form to make cutting out the front easier. I made sure to only cut the front side so I left the serged edge intact for the other side of the shirt.

I cut the scarf on the bias which definitely helped the fabric drape and fit better as well as naturally creating the triangle point needed to make the tie knot.

After I sewed it together I realized this pretty much works for the back side too. You know like those t-shirt with a different fabric and longer backside.

For the knot I sewed kind of a dart down the center front until a certain point where I wanted the opening to begin. The dart didn't start from the neckline but it very well could. My main concern was splitting the center medallion a bit ( I don't know it just bugged me) so you can probably skip sewing the dart and just split the bottom point open and give it a hem.

I ended up opening it more than in the photo above. It's split about 16". I also left 3" openings on the sides of the shirt.

It turned out pretty well. I hope you'll give this refashion a try too. It really elevates any plain old t-shirt.


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Refashion | An Old T-Shirt + Scrap Piece of Fabric

thee inspiration:

Giving color and pattern to a solid comfy t-shirt, looks simple enough to me. I had this bright red-orange tee and a remnant of fabric leftover from this wrap and tie pantskirt I made. This fabric piece just goes so well with the shirt. It was meant to be.

First I did was mark how high I wanted the center back. I basically made go to where the front neckline is. Then fold the shirt in half, with side seams meeting in the middle. Create the shape you want for the front and back "v"s. Well I guess the back is more curved than a "v" but you get it. I had the front "v" end right above the belly button.

Once that was cut out (leaving a 1/4" seam allowance) I took my scrap piece of fabric, evened it out and sewed it in half lengthwise. The piece was 37.5" long by 30" wide so 15" when folded in half.

I have a similar shirt that I like the back length of so I used it as a reference. Within this piece of fabric I was able to get both front and back pieces. Starting with the top back curve.

Then the front after the back is all cut out. Make sure the width is the same as where it meets up on the sides. After that I had it flare out some since this fabric doesn't stretch like the t-shirt does.

So the seams on the fabric will end up in the middle and should then be sewed to your t-shirt. I did the front first then the back.

I wanted the front middle corner to line up exactly with the middle seam of the fabric. It was a little tricky but got it eventually.

After the front is attached to the front and the back to back you can serge the raw edges. Then you can attach the sides together and serge those. After all that even out the bottom a bit, get it how you want and hem it.
All done!

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