So for post number one, I'll show you how to alter a too big button up shirt into a tie-backed tunic style shirt.
You will need:
A too-big button up shirt (really any too big shirt with side seams for that matter)
Ribbon of your choice (If your ribbon is polyester, you may want to singe the ends a bit so it doesn't fray)
Tailor's chalk/disappearing pencil or something of the like, just make sure it washes off
Sewing stuff (needles, thread, scissors, etc.)--you don't necessarily need a machine for this, but it makes life easier
This here is the finished product:
This here is what it looked like before I fixed it:
Step 3: Insert your ribbon into the newly made hole and stitch in place. You may or may not want to pin it there for a bit, I lived dangerously. Try to sew as directly on top of the original seam as you can. I started about a quarter inch on top of the stitching still in place, sewed over the ribbon, and about a quarter inch on the other stitching still in place, then doubled the whole length back. This will be a little bit of a stress point after all.
Now just repeat for the other side!
Throw it on over your favorite pair of leggings or skinny jeans and you're ready for a little casual date night! Or a Sunday School outing, 'cause that's where I went in it.
In hindsight, I think I would make my ribbon ties longer, but hey, this fix only took about 15 minutes, and I have more ribbon, so if it bothers me too bad, I'll just redo it.
I hope this is of some use to someone. As always, if you use this tutorial (or any of my patterns/tutorials) please post pictures to my Flickr Group here --> Evan Becky Fan Pics I would genuinely love to see what you've created!
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