Monday, August 17, 2009

Before & After


We received a box of hand-me-downs from Joe's sister. Inside was this brand-new, boys (size 16 !), purple dress shirt. Immediately I knew that none of my boys would ever wear it, and it was placed in the donate pile.

While adding to our large donate pile on Friday (our monthly Purple Heart donation day), I saw it again and remembered this tutorial. I wasn't sure if it would work, being that it is a boys size 16 and well, I'm an almost-forty mother of six. I placed it back in the donate pile and immediately pulled it back out.

This time, I wasn't so much thinking about the peasant blouse. I was thinking about all those potentially size 16 boys that this shirt could harm. Some mother, some where, would see the shirt, still in its package, and think that it was a great deal for her son. With that in mind, I knew that I had to take this shirt out of circulation. It could not go to a thrift store to be bought by a well-meaning mother. It would not be fair to the boy. (I'm a mother of boys. I know these things.)

I decided to make a shirt and if I couldn't fit into it, I would give it to one of the 12- or 13-year-old girls that I teach in church.

Turns out ...

it fits.

9 comments:

laeroport said...

woot!

lisa said...

Ca-ute!

Rachael Adele said...

Gorgeous! Weirdly enough, I happened to refashion a men's dress shirt into a strapless dress last night, and am wearing it today (pictures on my blog).

Myrnie said...

Love it! I have a shirt sitting on my sewing table, waiting to be run through that tutorial... I love how this turned out!

hooli said...

OK. that is so cute. Thanks for sharing because my husband went through an easter egg colored shirt phase. well, it was only a phase in theory because after he ordered them he was horrified that he picked no less than 10 pastel shirts -- including pink, salmon, mint green, and lavender -- that he hid them in the back of the closet. I've tried to bring myself to throw them in the thrift bin many a time. But they are SO new and he spent so much on them. I'm doing this.

Cindy Is Crafty said...

Great redo, Lera! Little boys everywhere are doing the wave in your honor!

Brenda said...

I love it Lera. It is so cute on you.

Diane said...

Well done! I admire your thoughtful motivation too ;)

amandajean said...

and nicely! i'm still laughing that you chose to make it to protect some young man somewhere. good for you. it looks so great on you!