I don't often browse the clothing at my local thrift stores (since I have two crazy kids that run around all over the place and I can't leave them alone, especially after hearing terrible things that happened to a little girl that was left alone in the toy section of a thrift store). So one night my husband was watching the kids and I decided to take the time to rummage. I got several shirts, all but one needing some sort of alteration or refashion.
Here are two of them I've recently completed. Can I just mention that stretchy knit fabric is difficult to sew?! Rather irritating if you ask me. Especially since I love to wear knits and want to make things from it all the time.
I took off the lace, sewed up the neckline a little, cut off the bottom lettuce ruffle edge, and took in the sides a bit. I cut off the sleeves and cut them into long skinny rectangles. Then I hand-sewed a running stitch along one edge and gathered it into the flower shape.
For the blue shirt I cut down the neckline to a scoop neck and cut off the sleeves. I used the sleeves to cut little petals and sew them on the shirt. I also cut a narrow strip to bind the seam at the neckline. Then I went back over the petals with embroidery thread to help them stay put.
The shirts turned out okay I think, although I'm not super excited about them. Hopefully the other shirts I got will turn out better!