Monday, January 18, 2016

Upcycle (Nearly Free) Shirt Reveal

Saturday I visited one of my favorite thrift shops searching for clothes. I like this one in particular because: 
  1. It's small and tidy.
  2. It's run by a church and they WASH everything that comes in before it gets put onto the racks.
  3. The prices are good. 
I have developed this odd fear of cutting into--or lately even purchasing--thrifted clothes to make into new pieces. I spend so much time daydreaming, sketching and obsessing on Pinterest, but then when I get to the store, I freeze like a deer in headlights. 

Yes, like this ... only without all that stuff on my head. Image credit

Finally, I managed to pick out three shirts that I thought would work together. Here they are: 

I was hoping to use them in this order--pink on top, then the brown patterned shirt and then the ivory. But when I started looking more closely I realized a few things. 
  1. Apparently, I'm half blind as the cream-colored shirt was stained in several areas with yellow. Also, it was too big to work with the other two tops unless I wanted to do a lot of extra cutting/sewing to reduce it's girth (I didn't). 
  2. Though I liked the pink shirt's neckline better, it looked really cute as an accent around the waist. 
Here's the finished top. I think I'm in love! 

Front (it says, "Anderson's Coffee Camp") and I added a handmade t-shirt flower for fun.
Back of shirt
I love the flower accent. It might be too much pattern going on, but I couldn't resist. 

What have you been sewing lately? Please share a link to your most recent or favorite upcycling/sewing project. 


  1. I like it! Very nice idea and execution.

    1. Hi Stacy, thanks for your feedback and kind words. It was such fun to make (once I got over my sweaty panic when the scissors made that first cut).

      Do you have a sewing project you're currently working on?

  2. I love it! Where is your favorite thrift shop?

    1. Oh, thank you! Will fill you in the next time I see you as it's a secret location with a password protected door and a body guard on the premises. Ha haaa :)