I’ve been seeing some gorgeous shirt refashions at Portia’s blog since August began. They’re all part of the project The Refashioners and, if you haven’t heard of it, I highly recommend you to go read all the posts about it and search for the hashtag #therefashioners2015 at Instagram. You’ll find lots of cool stuff! I love seeing original projects and feel inspired by all that creative people, don’t you?
So, I thought that it’d be nice if I could grab one of my boyfriend’s old shirts and do something for me. I was thinking about a sleeveless peplum top like this one, or maybe a cool wrap top like this (one of my favourites!). But Mr. SilverLining’s shirt had long sleeves, and I had to cut them before I started. And then I looked at those sad sleeves that had no place in my shirt refashion and I felt sorry for them. What can you do with two poor pieces of fabric like them? Well, when you have a weird lingerie-making obsession like I have, the answer is easy: a bra! 😛
Bras require small pieces of fabric, so I had more than enough with the sleeves! And I could still do a short sleeve top with the rest of the shirt! But bras need some other components that can’t be found in a man’s shirt: some elastic fabric for the back, a pair of wires, wire channeling, straps, elastic, closure…
I didn’t feel right about buying all these supplies in a refashioning project, so I headed to my lingerie drawer and found… a black old bra! The main fabric of the bra had some snags, but all the “hardware” was ok, so I took off the wires, cut the straps and unpicked the elastics, wire casing and back closure. I also found a dress with a stretch lace overlay that I was planning to shorten, so I managed to cut two pieces of the lace bottom, to form the wings of my bra. In the end, the only brand new thing that I used for my shirt bra was the foam for the cups.
That’s my shirt bra! I used the Maya bra pattern, created by Ana, with some modifications, and the fit is so good! I even added the cuff buttons to the bridge of my bra. I love the “tailored” effect! 😛
As most of the supplies were repurposed, the cost of this bra is nearly nothing, but the best part is… I still have another sleeve left! What should I do with it? Matching undies, maybe? Any suggestions? 😉