Cardinal Blouse

Today, we continue in the What-I-made-for-Vacation series.


I should probably start wearing make-up in the Before pics… yikes.

Anyhoo, I waited and waited and waited for this shirt to go on sale for $1 at my favorite thrift store Psi Iota Xi. (They don’t have a website or FB page or ANY kind of a page for me to give them credit). Β Every Friday morning I’d look for it (they’re only open 6 hours a week), hoping the price would go down to $1 and thankfully, no one else snatched it up in the meantime πŸ™‚

I love the cardinal print so much, but I did have my work cut out…

Remove the unwanted elements.
Remove the unwanted elements.

THEN (I use caps when I get excited), I cut off the cuffs from the sleeves…


…And I sewed them into my now-sleeveless arm holes.

Right Side of cuff pinned to right side of arm hole.

I used the existing seams as my guide and sewed them together with a simple straight stitch.

I decided to use ELIZABETH for this job πŸ™‚

I finished the rest of the raw edges with a rolled hem (neck hole, remaining arm hole-armscye). I did also take the blouse in at the side seams about an inch.


I love the way it turned out.



I forgot to pack any jewelry with me. Oops πŸ™‚ Oh well, the top is still great… in my humble opinion.


I love Florida!


I’ve done this sleeve effect before (on my Nanny’s house robe). I really like it. The best part is… it’s super easy.


The happenings of my sunburn are emerging πŸ˜‰






7 thoughts on “Cardinal Blouse

  1. That is a really clever usage of the unwanted cuffs. I like the finished product and may have to try that myself, having a collection of long-sleeved shirts with collars that don’t really flatter me in any way. Thanks for the tutorial πŸ™‚

  2. You look so healthy… I’m going to choose to be happy for you, and not utterly jealous πŸ˜‰ And as for that top – I adore the new sleeves! Did you sew up the button hole, or leave as they were? I think you’ve given the top a Chinese twist, and the print also ties in with that – love it!

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