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My first copycat – Men’s shirt into blouse

28 Nov


You know when you go shopping and just after having entered your favorite store , your eyes stop upon that beautiful piece of shirt you wanted for a month now , but has not been accessible for your budget , to say the least . Well now you see its selling price is 70% less than the original. Whaddaya do? Of course you don’t think about it , you just move towards it as fast as you can, hoping that no one saw what you did and you grab that object of desire. Triumph!

This is what happened to me last year , only it was my husband’s shirt. I bought it without checking it’s size , well , I did stretch the shirt to measure it optically, and I thought it fitted , but after I got home and made him try it , it was a size too small. The price was great though , I had a 50 % off coupon and the original cost was around 40 euros, which was then lowered to 34 euros, then to 24euros . So I got it for 12 euros .


The fabric is light linen , it has wooden buttons and the color it white , not beige as seen in the photos.

Now for the copycat part , I was in a H&M store and they had just brought in the lace collection  , you know, the ones where everything has lace on them. So I was browsing this collection , but the prices seemed a bit too high for my taste. A simple polyester short sleeved shirt with a 2 inch strap of  applied lace cost around 25 euros , where one without the lace was around 12 euros. (It is not exactly this model  , the one I was looking at had more lace on it and it looked more casual)


So I was thinking , how fun would it be if I could just upcycled the  white shirt that just sits in the back of the closet :



The first interventions were : removing the pockets and cutting the neck collar.

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The I cut the buttons and the button holes. After that I cut a strap of fabric from a t-shirt I failed to refashion once – its purpose is to enlarge to shirt , to make it more comfortable .

Then I pinned down the lace straps on the shirt ….

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…..and then sewed them onto it.

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This is the end result …well… not really… I still have to do a little work at the neckline – it is a bit too loose. – But for now , I am pleased with it, it is wearable!

What do you think , should I apply more lace to it  ? I’d love some opinions  , Thanks!



My mint masterpiece

7 Oct

Sewing is a passion worth exploring, which renders so many opportunities and can provide so many outcomes. At first glance, I ‘d have never thought it would ever look like this, I’m proud of it. I call it my masterpiece because it’s my best work so far.

While I was  surfing the internet , this  inspiration came to me, check the retail price :

I like this shirt so much, I will be using it for a second refashion.

What I used :


My husband’s t-shirt which is now too tight for him to wear –

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This 1 euro thrifted mint shirt, made from a lovely silk-like fabric.

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The shirt -bone was removed, together with the neck collar


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Half-way through


I realized I had cut too much from the length, but then  remembered that I had purchased  lace a few weeks back, which harmonized with the light mint and dark green.



Mango tango german shirt

25 Jul

      This shirt I’ve been saving for a year now and I’ve been reasoning with myself about how to refashion it and about the desired outcome. It was initially thought as a dress yet this piece of garment just  didn’t want to go in that direction. You know when you are so uninspired and just browse aimlessly on Pinterest and then you find fragments that seem to make sense as a whole when put together , only to later turn into micro-muses ?  – this is what happened to me. – and I doubt it never happened to you :). Anyway , the muses just made me want to go sew and this is what I did.


Aceasta camasa am tinut-o in dulap de un an aproape,  tot gandidu-ma in ce anume sa o transform. Initial ma gandeam ca ar functiona ca si o rochie , dar camasa s-a cam opus . 🙂  Stiti cum e cateodata , stai plcitisita pe Pinterest si tot dai acolo pe cate un produs si parca la un moment dat se aduna anumite detalii acelor produse care ar parea ca functioneaza asa de bine odata puse impreuna. – asa mi-a venit inspiratia si va rog nu negati ca nu vi s-a intamplat si voua ceva de genul….Oricum , aceste muze minuscule m-au facut sa vreau sa cos,simplu.


befores. \ inainte.

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About this shirt : It’s a women’s XL shirt with a light, dreamy fabric. The tag says ”SML”  – I’m not sure if  it stands for Small-medium -Large or if that is the name of the brand  , however , the shirt seems to have been born in the late ’80’s.


Despre camasa : este pentru femei , marimea XL iar materialul este usor si ..de vis. Pe eticheta scrie “SML” – nu sunt sigura daca asta inseamna small-medium-large sau daca asa se numeste firma care a produs camasa. In fine, dupa model pare a fi de la sfarsitul anilor ’80.

First thing on the to-do lst : remove shoulder pads , \ In primul rand am inlaturat buretii de la umeri ,


Next , cut off neck collar and keep it for this kind of refashion .

Apoi am taiat gulerul , pe care l-am pastrat peuntru o transformare de genul linkului pe care il gasiti chiar deasupra aceastei propozitii.

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Then the bias tape was brought out from the back of the drawer – I never used one until today :)

Banda a fost scoasa din intunerecul sertarului  – pana azi nu am folosit asa ceva.


And the new neckline was created. \ …si a fost pusa in aplicatie la guler, creand un nou guler.


The long sleeeeeeves were cut into short ones and then they were plied 2 times and later sewed with the smalled stich on the sewing machine.  – also my first time doing this.

Manecile lungi au fost taiate scurt ,pliate de 2 ori si apoi cusute cu cea mai mica , cusatura la masina de cusut.


Ain’t that bad , ey?


Now, for my last magic trick I remade the hemline of the shirt , reducing the length by about 15 cm ( 6 inches).

Ca si ultima aplicatie am scurtat lungimea cu 15 cm  si am refacut tivul.


The result :


Flamingo stripes work –

8 Jul


Look at these stripes, ain’t they pretty  ? This shirt would work for any quirky man! I sorta  felt bad after the refashion for not having saved more material from it, actually the neck collar and the sleeves were saved and shall be used in the future.


Uitati-va la dungulitele acestea, nu sunt dragute ? Mi se pare ca s-ar potrivi oricarui barbat 😀   ..M-am simtit putin prost dupa ce am facut rochia pentru ca nu am reusit sa salvez mai mult material , dar mi-a ramas gulerul si manecile pe care le voi folosi in viitor.


This material is about 5 meters long (about 16 feet) and 0.5 meters in width (1.5 feet) – it was just lying around so I thought I should use it somehow.


Acest material are cam 5 metri lungime si 0.5 metri latime. – statea aiurea si m-am gandit sa il folosesc cumva.

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Then I cut the part above the bust and measured and cut the black stripe , which was then sewed to the shirt. Also from the black material I made two straps and then sewed them to the upper part of the dress.


Apoi am taiat partea de deasupra bustului si am masurat si taiat banda neagra, care a fost cusuta mai apoi de camasa. Deasemenea din materialul negru am facut 2 bretele pe care le-am cusut de bustiera rochiei.

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End result.


Light shirt refashion – Camasa mare transformata in fusta

14 May

When I think of spring I think of pink and green and yellow. I know it’s not just me, these colors are basically the announcers of nature’s revival after the harsh and unforgiving winter that , thank God, is now ova’ !

When I found this shirt , what I wrote above was the first thing that had popped into my head.  Beside the cute colors, the fabric is so light and comfortable that makes it so perfect for this time of the year.


Cand ma gandesc la primavara, ma gandesc la roz, verde si galben. Stiu ca nu sunt singura care are acest gand, aceste culori sunt practic cele care anunta restaurarea naturii dupa o iarna grea si necrutatoare, care acum s-a sfarsit.

Cand am gasit acesata camasa , ceea ce am scris mai sus e primul lucru care mi-a sarit in gand. Pe langa culorile sale absolut adorabile, materialul este atat de subtire si comfortabil , ceea ce face camasa perfecta pentru primavara.


This skirt I found on Polyvore and loved the style so much I thought instead of paying 99 pounds for it , I could fashion something myself.


Am gasit fusta pe Polyvore si mi-a placut foarte mut, dar m-am gandit ca in loc sa platesc 99 de lire pe ea , ar trebui sa incerc sa fac eu una asemanatoare.


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As you can see , it’s an XXL and it’s also a bit outdated…


Dupa cum vedeti, marimea este XXL iar stilul este putin ramas in urma…


First thing first! These are not needed in this epoch!


Incepem cu inceputul. Buretii nu au trebuinta in aceasta epoca.


Chop here .\Se taie partea de sus

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Then I sewed the hem for the elastic band and slipped the elastic right in the hem. (I actually never thought I would do this step, because it always appeared to me as difficult , let me tell you, it’s not!)


Apoi am facut tivul pentru banda elastica in care am si introdus elasticul. (Niciodata nu am crezut ca voi face acest pas cu banda elastica , deoarece tot timpul mi se parea atat de dificil, dar pana la urma, m-am inselat, e mai usor decat pare.)


Et voila!

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Men’s shirt and tiny top into dress refashion – Camasa de barbati si top in rochie

29 Apr

I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time, but there were so many options , I was afraid to exhaust any of them. BUUUUUUUT…summer is just around the corner and I have had his great idea for a summer dress floating in my head. With all this said, now I’m actually glad I did it.


Nu am fost nici aici sigura daca sa fac acest refashion, fiind atatea optiuni , mi-era frica sa nu le epuizez. DAAAAR . … vara aproape ca da peste noi si aveam in minte de ceva vreme ideea unei rochii , asa ca…acum ma bucur ca am acut-o si pe asta!


The blue shirt is a man’s shirt , the brand is Liz Clairborne and the white top is Bershka and I cannot fit in any way into it.


Camasa albastra este barbateasca iar firma este Liz Claiborne; topul crem este Bershka si nu pot sa intru in nici un chip in el .


What happened with the white top was that I cut the lower part of it , reversed it so that the hem was up and I  used it as the top part of the dress. (It was more loose and the part above the cut didn’t fit me anyway)


Topului  alb i-am taiat partea de jos, am intors-o cu tivul in sus si am folosit-o ca si partea de sus a rochiei (era mai larguta aici si oricum ce era deasupra taieturii imi era stramt)


Then I sewed these 2 together. / Am cusut aceste 2 parti


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This is the outcome. I already love it, can’t wait to wear it!


Acesta este rezultatul, deja imi place si abia astept sa o port.


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