FIRST ever!

Okay, so this size 6X beauty was my very, very first refashion. I use the word “refashion” lightly because the end product wasn’t too spectacular.  I’m a sewing instructor. I sell sewing machines. I KNOW how to sew for gripes sake! I thought this would be a piece of cake. And, The ReFashionista makes it look so easy! No problem, right? …wrong.

Why are you smiling? You suck…

I’m actually standing in the room in which I teach aforementioned sewing classes. I was so excited to do my first refashion I was almost giddy… Hindsight is 20/20 and I’m embarrassed… Anyhoo, I took it in on the sides and sleeves about, oh, 6 inches on each side. Why? That’s a good question. I don’t know. I just did what I thought I was “supposed” to do, based on all the refashions I had seen in blogs up until this point… I don’t have many “During” pictures of this project because by the time I finished it I was so frustrated that I deleted them out of sheer hatred. To add insult to injury, the blasted shirt was still too big! I couldn’t bear to take it in any more so, I thought that gathering the sides of the shirt and gathering the sleeves would be a quick way to slim it and finally frickin’ finish it!

Gathered & puckered

There are SO many awesome ways this brand new jersey t-shirt could’ve been refashioned! It could’ve been a wicked awesome Navy cocktail dress. I could’ve chopped it up at the seems, reattached it and made a Maxi dress or skirt. *Sigh. But, alas, I butchered it to oblivion and transformed it from a 6X shirt (That I got for $1) into a size S/M-ish shirt. By the time it was all said and done it looked like this:

I was so relieved to finish, I didn’t even want a pic of myself wearing it!

Not bad, I guess. But, I didn’t really transform it into anything spectacular. If I were a chef on Chopped, I would’ve been cut after the appetizer round… But that’s okay. This was my first. It didn’t work out as planned but it’s all a learning experience. My refashions can only get better from here on out. And, for only spending $1 on it, I can count it as good “practice.” 🙂

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