Shirt into Shrug

The other day I came up with a way to turn a shirt into a shrug on accident.  I was playing with a men’s shirt upcycle where I cut off the men’s shirt from the back yoke, around to the front and then straight across the front beneath the armpit.  I was going to add different fabrics to the bottom of the yoke and the front.  I may still do that.  Once I undid the buttons, I realized I had a T-shape.  I’ve looked at lots of shrug tutorials and several of them have you cutting your fabric into a T-shape.  I’ve never done it though.Image 

I finished off the raw edges and then played around with pinning the edges together.  You end up putting the shirt on upside down with the front of the shirt making the sides.  I’m also wearing the skirt I refashioned from a long jean jacket.  I added the rectangle of fabric squares on the side.  I don’t know if you can see it in the back, but there are a couple of the buttons left in the back that were for adjusting the coat that I left.  They are nice to have because they hold my belt in place along the back.


Please ignore the less than straight mess at the back of my head.  I’m practicing straightening my hair.  I haven’t done it in years.  The shoes I’m wearing, I’ve had forever.  They are A 2’s and super comfortable.  The shirt I thrifted last year, I believe from Goodwill.  It’s got a stain on the breast and I’ve contemplated dyeing it, but the stain bugs my hubby more than it bugs me.  The belt I got from my Father-in-law and Mother-in-law.  They got it from a yard sale along with some costume jewelry for my daughters.  I ended up keeping the belt and some other bracelets because the girls didn’t like them.  Thanks Gpa and Gma!

While I’m on the subject, I really do need to thank my Mom and my Father-in-Law and both Mothers-in-Law.  They are always encouraging and always finding me great deals.  My Mom lets me have all the fabric I want from her stash.  My Texas Mother-in-Law sent me her old Scrabble game to play with.  My Colorado Father-in-Law and Mother-in-Law always find me stuff at yard sales, including two big jars of buttons that an older lady had been collecting for years.


Work Shirt Upcycle

We are going to the Greeley Independence Stampede ( for dinner and the rodeo with my hubby’s bank tonight.  I’m going to wear one of my skirts that I upcycled from a Hawaiian shirt that I bought at Goodwill.  It has a Western feel with cowboys on horses amongst the flowers.  I’m also wearing an old work shirt I upcycled that has a bank’s name embroidered on it.  I cut off the sleeves, folded the seams back and sewed to finish the arm holes.  Then, to cover the embroidery, I made yo-yos (had to look up the pluralizing of yo-yo) and attached them with buttons.



Up close and personal with the cowboy on a horse.



A close-up of the yo-yo’s and buttons.  You can just barely see the embroidery peeking through.  I may have to attach the edges of the yo-yos later.





I didn’t make the dress Emma is wearing, but she wanted to take a picture too.  I know I’m not really smiling, but I was thinking really hard.  My 10 year old took lots of pictures and this is the best one, even with the blank look in my eyes.

Pillowcase Dress Take Two

Here’s Katie’s pillowcase dress.  I did her dress the same way, except I didn’t cut as much off the top so it would be longer.  I used an old knit tank top to make the ties.  I had lace from an old nightgown (the rest of the nightgown into a skirt for Katie) that I used along the top to cover a hole in the pillowcase.  This is another steal from Goodwill.  I think I paid one dollar for it.  Katie requested only one pocket and I had just enough lace left to do the top of the pocket.



You can’t even see the hole!  I also put fray-check around the edges of the hole.



I just noticed that I almost matched up the pocket perfectly.  Go me!  I didn’t even think of doing that at the time.

Men’s Shirt Refashion

Today, I’m sharing dresses that I made for me and my girls out of men’s Hawaiian shirts and swim shorts.  They are really easy to make.  Mine and Katie’s (in the red) are made out of shirts and Emma’s is made out of swim shorts.  In the pictures we are using them as cover-ups, but we’ve worn them as sun dresses as well.  

The top band is made out of old stretchy knit tank tops of mine.  I just did what you would do for a yoga waistband without the fold-over part.  You could do it either way.  The top bands are all from Victoria’s Secret bra tops that I’ve cut up.  I’ve also salvaged tons of elastic out of my bra tops.  Bra tops and tig-ole-biddies do not go together well.  I always have to wear a bra anyway, so what’s the point?  The girls needed ties to hold up their tops.  

The shorts and the purple shirt I found at Goodwill on half off day for around $2.00.  The red shirt was also a Goodwill find for the same price.  My hubby wore this shirt last summer so it is on it’s third life as Katie’s dress.



My son is the camera man.  I made sure to tell him to please try to take good pictures, not just click without looking this time.  I failed to tell my daughters that we were smiling, not making silly faces.




Emma had to get it out of her system too.





The only nice picture we got came out blurry.  LOL.





Here’s our silly on purpose picture.

Pillowcase Dress

I just made this pillowcase dress for Emma.  She was not in a modeling mood, which is why Mr. Hanger and Ms. Fence had to help me out.  Even after reading several tutorials, I was still surprised at how easy this dress was to make.  I thought about doing a tutorial, which I’ve never done, but there are so many out there already.  So I’ll just brag on myself a little.



I got the pillowcase at Goodwill for a buck.  I hadn’t realized that the pillowcase had two different fabrics on each side until I started cutting.  I used the strip I cut off of the closed side to make the bow (  I used the half circle I cut out for the arm hole to make pockets.Image


I machine-stitched the bows on because my hand sewing blows and takes me forever.  I know this bow won’t come off.



I love how this dress came out.  Before I started, Katie didn’t want a pillowcase dress.  After I was finished, she changed her mind.  Yay!!!  I love that seeing how it came out made her want one.  Makes me hold my head up a little higher.