Tuesday, 1 May 2012

With a cherry on top

I feel like I should be working in a 50's diner and serving up ice cream sundaes with extra whipped cream when I wear this shirt (that's not very specific is it?)

I received this little delight in a parcel of fabulousness from Sister Sarah last week.


There was even a bonus necklace! The beads are actually much prettier than they look here.


But yeah, the shirt was way too big. 


 Quick interruption while my boyfriend comes round for a snuggle!



ANYWAY. Back to the shirt.

I took about 5 inches off the waist first. It has darts and it's stretchy, so it's really easy to take in. I also pulled the sleeves off at the side seams and narrowed both the sleeve and side seams.


I extended the darts up the back because it was still boofing out behind the underarms.

Then I took the trim off the sleeves, chopped the sleeves into a cap, and sewed the trim back on, gathering the lower edge of the sleeve into the trim.



So now I have this awesome retro shirt and I believe it NEEDS a red circle skirt to go with it. In wool, with a poodle applique, such as McCalls 6101:


Looks like I'll be needing some bobby socks too.

Who's happy?


  1. That shirt is so cute, and as you say it will be perfect with one od those 50s gorgeous skirts, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  2. I love the changes you made to the shirt. Night and day difference.

    On a side note, I just noticed your dragonfly tattoos!! My back piece is also dragonflies.

  3. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! That shirt is a WINNER!
    Sometimes my fave thing is to make something work that initially didn't! I love it,yay for Sister Sarah!
    Boyfriend?! I can tell he's got a wandering eye...XXX

    1. He probably has dozens of lady friends around the neighbourhood but I still love him!

  4. Totes adorbs! The shirt AND the kitty - gosh he's such a smoocher!

  5. Oh that Sarah ... isn't she an absolute darling??!!!! I love the makeover you've given the shirt, especially the wee puffy sleeves you've created, reusing the red piping - oh you clever woman!!!! It looks absolutely PERFECT on you and now I get to admire your beautiful ink:))) xoxoxoxo