I have wanted to do a kimono jacket refashion since 2015 when I saw it on Portia’s refashioners challenge. Her Makery blog tutorial uses two shirts.
I had this thrifted men’s Perry Ellis size large shirt in my stash. I thought the fabric felt like a very soft peachskin rayon, and then rechecked the label. No, this is silk. Perfect!
I cut off the collar, buttons bands, and the hem. I cut a line from the shoulder to the hem on a slight diagonal. I pieced together a long facing strip from the cut off portions, sewed it around the full length of the jacket, and rehemmed it shorter in the front. I then turned the facing to the wrong side, pressed it with the seam rolled to the inside, and stitched it down.
the shirt is turned back on the right side of the photo to show the facing
Can you believe how easy this was?
Easy, breezy style.
It’s another “I love this print” refashion.
I knew which thrift store shirt I wanted to make over to wear this spring. The soft rayon print has big bird of paradise flowers and also a background of vertical blue stripes. I like it even in its original XL size as an overshirt, although that armhole depth is super deep.
I used New Look 6598, the view on the bottom right with a collarless v-neck and short sleeves, for my pattern pieces. I like the way this style of shirt looks like a jacket.
I had to place the front piece in the best spot to use the existing button placket. The problem that resulted was a large space in the middle of the bust with no buttons. If I were sewing a shirt from scratch, a button would be placed at the fullness of the bust to prevent gaping.
What to do? Lean closer and I’ll tell you: I sewed a secret button.
location of secret buttonhole
I sewed a buttonhole between the buttons and a button on the inside of the shirt on the buttonhole side of the placket. It is invisible when buttoned as the button is on the wrong side of the shirt.
I remembered seeing this technique on Handmade Jane’s blog. It works well, although my shirt should have more ease over the bust.
I sewed bust darts, and omitted the waist contour darts and the back tie. The v-neck was a little awkward so I also added the tiny neck button from the original shirt at the top of the shirt for more coverage.