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Gallery: Up-Cycle Memento Top - Khaki Shirt

This gallery includes EXTRA explanatory colored photos and my personal spoken directions for this top:  

Khaki Shirt


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Front of upcycled sport shirt of my Dad's. 


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Upclose photo of the front neckline.  

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Back of Khaki Shirt. 


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Original Perry Ellis Shirt I utilized.  Belonged to my late father. 

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My collection of 'goodies' from which to work.
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Finding Center Front. 


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What if - the neckline went like this?  


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This herringbone knit fabric in black coordinates REALLY well with the original shirt.  

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And around the back, I might place the fabric like so...


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Initially, I thought this raw silk would work well - not so sure now...

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Another 'dive' into the stash to see what might work...

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Pieces of selected fabrics cut - and just 'trying on' for the look I might like. 


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The shirt sleeve button tab at the front...

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T have the same 'feel', the back could look like...

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Better without the 'tail', don't ya think?


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Work from the neck edge down.  Add hand stitching where desired.

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Stitch THROUGH the middle of fabrics so they don't 'bubble' - do NOT fuse.

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Buttonhole Applique Stitch with
monofilament in needle works
GREAT for attaching folded edges securely. 



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Leave some finished edges 'loose' for interest.  Use original parts of the garment in different locations.  

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Remove bulk from underneath uppermost layers. 


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Pay attention to 'intersections'...design so thta they re pleasing make sense. 


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Neckline is off-center, but not ENOGH off-center, so if I just angle it a bit more on this side...

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Back neck is pleasingly off-center, but is gaping at my finger.  I stay stitch and pull this edge tighter before finishing. 

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Back flutters really quite nicely --- and see how much excess I have to remove at the sides to create a nice it.  


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Binding the sides once they have been trimmed to fit me, using bias strips of the man's shirt (my brother's). 

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Pressing the loose edges in before folding over. 

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Side seams, bound as on a shirt placket look like this.  


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