This shirt was a gift from a friend. (Thanks, Ginny!) She gave me permission to take it with me to DOL where Diane Ericson gave me some excellent ideas to try out on it.
It started out as a nice 100% linen shirt. A classic big shirt, or at least that's the way it fit me. Very long, dropped shoulder. Sleeves finished with conventional placket and cuff.
Here is what I've done (so far):
- Removed the collar, left the collar stand, inserted a brown and white linen bias strip where the collar had been.
- Added a raw-edge circle to the back yoke.
- Removed the sleeves and moved the shoulder line up even with my shoulder blades.
- Opened the side seam, added linen bias binding to armscye and side seams. Lapped the front side seam over the back. Top-stitched in place, leaving a vent at the bottom.
- Removed the two pleats in the back in hopes of gaining some of the inches I lost with the previous step.
- When that didn't work I removed the buttons, covered button holes with new buttons, inserted a strip down the front with new buttonholes. It now buttons the other way.
- Removed the breast pocket and created a second one from one of the sleeves. Placed the two pockets low on the front.
- Added gusset-type inserts so my bra won't show. It may become a vest but it's too hot for a vest right now.
- Added and removed sashiko circles all over it.
Here is what I haven't done (yet):
- Screen print
And it needs some kind of sashiko or hand-stitch. Still thinking. Hoping I don't take it past the point of wear-ability, veering into clown wear.