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.
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.