+ First Copy Catwalk Post!

 This old navy shirt from high school was the closest thing I had for this refashion. I really really like how it turned out. I mean really
So for the other pictures that were sent in…..no worries, I still may do those, just not tonight. So, keep sending those pics in! Anyway, here are the before and after pictures:
top: old navy refashioned      pants: levi refashioned       shoes: quincee’s boutique       ring: f21
sewing machine or needle and thread
flexible measuring tape
fabric pen or marking chalk


Make sure the shirt is either knit (stretchy) or has a loose sleeve so then it doesn’t get really tight when you gather. First, back stitch, then leave the needle in the down position as I lift up the presser foot and push a bit of sleeve material under it. Then put the presser foot back down making it look squished. Then sew over it. Do this every 2 or 3 stitches at the longest straight stitch length.


  1. What did you do around the waist? Seems like you added a sash…

  2. WOW! You are so talented… I have a sewing machine, but dont use it to its full potential.

    You totally gave that top a face lift! I am inspired to try out some of your techniques!

  3. You are so talented. Those sleeves are really pretty. You just gave me an idea for something I want to do.

  4. You are absolutely amazing!!! That shirt is SO pretty!!!

  5. This turned out SO WELL! It looks gorgeous!

  6. simply put…. wow.

    The Powder Room

  7. LOVE it! Can’t wait to try this out :)

  8. This is SO cute. Ah! I love all your refashioning ideas and projects! i wish I had time in my life to do this cuz I totally would. At least I can look and gawk and be jealous on your blog 😉

  9. It’s 100 times better now!

  10. You’re so talented! What a great creation :)

  11. Another way I make ruched sleeves is by sewing an elastic inside of it with the ruche. That way I can ruche any fabric without the risk of tearing it when I put it on.


    I love gathered sleeves! I’ll have to refashion some old shirts like that!


    Ana Paula – Pretty in Polka Dots

  12. Hey Liz! This is Randy Bishop. I just wanted to say your blog is super awesome. I used the photo in this post as reference for a project I just finished. I thought you might want to look at it… http://randybishopart.blogspot.com/2011/10/pandora.html
    I hope you don’t mind.

  13. Thank you so much! I have a really pretty top from American Rag but the dolman style sleeves are just too baggy and you are the only one who shared instructions that I can really use to change it-your blog rocks!

  14. This shirt is so cute! I love the little ruffles on the sleeve hem :)


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