How Are You, Bobby-Sue?

I should have learned by now to take “Before” photos – you’ll just have to take my word for it that this was a XXXL Men’s shirt from Lowes (Australia: “At Lowes!”) that the dog and I could have camped under.  It was a great red,  longsleeved, summer-fun light and no ironing required – my favorite.


First I cut the sides in (according to an old favourite and slightly more stretchy shirt – mistake) and the arms off at the shoulders.  Then I sewed 1 inch seams.  Then I unpicked them and sewed 1cm seams…which unfortunately are still a little snug around the old bike tyre.  Oh well, I just casually unbutton the last two buttons – it’s still long enough not to give an unattractive midriff reveal!

I shortened the sleeves twice…and to be honest, I’d still prefer them to be shorter again.  Gathered the shoulders a little before putting them back into the sleeves (one unpick only) and finally decided to just sew some elastic (one inch shorter than my arm cicumference) into the sleeve hems for that puffy look.  I figured I’d keep it deconstructed and just zigzag all the hems. 

And the black pants were my black jeans cut into long shorts – getting rid of the bleach splash that run up from my ankles, yay!


IMG_4839 I call it “Bobby Sue goes Blackberrying”
After two months of my pledge my drawers are fairly bursting, which I did not expect!  I have a better sense of what suits me and what I like.  I also troll through shops and markets and think: I could make that.  I’m going to try and keep this up for Life but will be lapsing from the Wardrobe Refashion site for a bit so I can refocus computer time on NaNoWriMo. Hahahaha.   Yeah, we’ll see.

7 thoughts on “How Are You, Bobby-Sue?

  1. Good luck with NaNoWriMo, Alyson! We need a Down Under version. November is the weather for getting out and about – fine for all those in the wintry Northern Hemisphere!

    • You’re so right! ‘Luckily’ for me, all this wind turns me into a Hayfever ridden sneeze ball, so I have an excuse to stay inside and write on crappy days full of wind and grass seeds! But a Wintery NaNoWriMo would be perfect!

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