My plan was this: use the basic shape of the shirt as-is. The length of the shirt from the yoke to hem was a perfect skirt length for me if I used a narrow seam allowance and left the original hem intact. The front and back would be gathered into a waistband that buttoned at the center front with an overlap, above the original button placket. This all meant cutting off the back yoke, collar and sleeves, and carefully taking off the front pockets with a seam ripper.
I made a pocket pattern piece based on the Cambie pocket piece, (above right) making the scooped side the same shape as the former-armhole of the shirt. I used the sleeves as fabric to cut out the pockets. That’s when I realized the sleeves had the plaid pattern upside down! So I corrected that on my pockets.
Tasha of By Gum, By Golly
Firstly, I love that Tasha has a pair of shoes that perfectly matches the turquoise in the plaid! Secondly…erm…GENIUS!! Using the original armhole curve as shaping for the pockets! Isn’t that just one of those things where you smack your forehead and wonder why that never occurred to you before? I know I did! I am soooo trying that….Thankyou so much Tasha 🙂
This shirt was actually quite poorly made and a boxy unflattering shape. What stood out for me when I found this in the charity shop was the lovely colour way, supersoft feel of the fabric and the fact that it was 100% cotton. Being a large men’s shirt there was scope there. I love that Tasha has proved that you can refashion and STILL retain that authentic vintage look and feel to your makes. It’s all in the details and the styling…