Refashion: Mock Neck to Belted Tunic

by - Sunday, February 27, 2011

I am a HUGE fan of all of those who are good with refashion.  I love the idea of refashioning, but, I have yet to be successful at it, that is, until now (I think?)
My wonderful mother in law bought me this mock neck shirt a year or two ago but it just never fit right.  I had just had a baby, so my belly was a little round and the proportions were just not right for my body.  But, I held on to it.  Well the other day while perusing my closet, I came across it and thought I’d give refashioning another try.  The shirt is a great cotton-jersey type knit-in a really pretty mustard color.  I had a feeling I could do something to make it more flattering on me.
So here’s what I did, to turn this :  DSCF8104
into this:IMG_1815
Of course half of the pictures were taken after the fact, once I had finally convinced myself that I was on to something, lol.
First I decided to cut the neck and make it more scooped.  I left about 2.5 inches on each shoulder and just eye-balled the scoop neck.  I also slightly scooped the back of the shirt as well, so that the shirt would have a loose-fall off the shoulder style.
I then decided that I wanted the shirt to be short-sleeved, so I cut off the sleeves, parallel to the sleeves hem, but I used a another shirt for reference. Save sleeves for later use.
Now I tried the shirt on to see how it fit, I liked, but it was still kinda long and had no shape, so I took it off and folded about four inches at the bottom. (This pic was taken after the fact so it’s folded a little higher so you can get the idea).
This is the actual fold (2nd pic below).  I folded the shirt and snipped holes about 1 1/4-2” apart (I eyeballed this as well since I was experimenting here).
Next I needed a belt to thread through the holes. This is where the sleeves came in:
I cut 4 thin strips the length of the sleeve and then tied them together to make a long belt.
Then I snipped the ties from the knots.
Keep long belt away from playful kitty:
Thread belt down through slits weaving in and out of the shirt and tie in a bow. (this idea I got from Generation T beyond fashion book by Megan Nicolay).

The shirt was cute the way it was, but I wanted to add a little more oomph to it!
So I used the extra fabric from the sleeves and cut 4- 1 1/2 inch thick strips to make the ruffles.  I used some tips from make it and love it on gathering and stitches.
I gathered a few extra ruffles on one shoulder to add a little emphasis to the off the shoulder look. Here is the finished product.
          I had to do my own photo shoot because my seven year old wouldn’t cooperate with me.            IMG_1798     IMG_1803 IMG_1804 IMG_1805 IMG_1806 IMG_1807
I hemmed one sleeve and then decided that I liked it better un-hemmed. I also left the back edge raw . . .
IMG_1808 IMG_1809 IMG_1810 IMG_1811  IMG_1813    So what do you think? Have you refashioned anything lately? If so-share your link, I’d love to see it!
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  1. Super cute! I need to be more brave with the sewing machine and do this! Good job :)

  2. Hey pretty lady! You did a fantastic job Carli! I love the ruffles and the option to wear it off shoulder if you like!

  3. I clicked over from Stephanie's site, Under the Table and Dreaming. Wow! You did a great job! It looks great! I'll have to shop my closet and see if I have anything to transform! :)

  4. FANTASTIC job! I am loving that it shows your beautiful neckline and shoulders off just right! GREAT job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  5. That is really cute! You did a great job.

  6. Love this refashion!! (And that photo of your itty bitty kitty is sooo cute!)

    I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  7. ooooh and i like the eighties shoulder!!! Cute Tute!

    Feel free to stop by and link up to my Make & Share 1st edition today and come back every friday thru saturday!

    ~ Christy


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