DIY Refashion Sewing Instructions, AshleeBlouse + Judy Flower made from dress shirts. Easy to fit, empire waist . HARD COPY Booklet Pattern

DIY Refashion Sewing Instructions, AshleeBlouse + Judy Flower made from dress shirts. Easy to fit, empire waist . HARD COPY Booklet Pattern



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  • Materials: 2 to 3 tailored dress shirts, Illustrated instructions in English, Arrives by U S Postal Mail

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Ashlee Blouse & Judy Flower Upcycle Sewing Patterns by Paganoonoo

• Semi-fitted bodice with empire waistline
• Pleated lower blouse front adds hip ease
• Eye-catching, pleated Back Details
• Contrasting accent embellishment at waist
• High/low hem (slightly or dramatically)
• ¾ length sleeves
• BONUS Judy Flower Pattern adds extra style
• Hard Copy Patterns you receive by mail
• See Shop Listing for Digital Download Pattern

The Ashlee is upcycled* using 2 to 3 dress shirts (instead of flat fold fabric). With upcycling, there is no need to print, cut out and tape together PATTERN PIECES. The starting materials are 3D garments, so instead the "pattern" is instructions and illustrations that define exactly what and where to cut (disassemble) and how to reassemble the pieces. You are purchasing a set of instructions printed on quality 8.5" by 11" paper that can be put in a binder for future ease of reference.

The ASHLEE BLOUSE silhouette is flattering on many figure types, and is self-adjusting to individual body curves and heights. Optionally, a contrasting Judy Flower dresses up the look even more. The blouse pairs well with pants and jeans. The overall effect is feminine and classic/playful depending on the colors and patterns chosen. Refashion 2 - 3 men's or women's dress shirts into your unique and beautiful Ashlee Blouse CUSTOMIZED to your figure.

The pattern is intended to be semi-fitted in the upper bodice. For larger busts, dart and pleat instructions are provided to customize the fit. Avoid any bodice shirt so tight that it strains at the bust, back or upper arms, or limits movement. If the bodice shirt is tight at the hip, this is not a problem; the instructions walk you through the design process to add hip ease. ALL SIZES ARE INCLUDED in that the size/fit of the finished garment is determined by the size of the shirt used for the upper torso, the other parts are self-scaling. ANYONE, any size, who can find a dress shirt that fits the way they like across the shoulders and bust can successfully fit this pattern.

Really tall or short? This pattern is easy to adjust for height.

The sewing is straightforward piece assembly, mostly using topstitching. All of the tough parts like the collar, collar band, plackets, buttonholes are already sewn on the starting garments, making your job easier! The customization is achieved by picking the right size starting garment and making choices about where to cut by looking at the garment fit on your own body.

ADDITIONAL BONUS - Includes a 4-page tip sheet on design elements, color selection, fit, garment care, and technical tips.

See Designer Michelle Paganini’s article on upcycling in the Threads Magazine Feb/March 2015 issue! She was also featured on It's Sew Easy series 1300 and 1400. Her segment on Double Collars is available on YouTube .

Upcycling our existing clothes into new fashions is good for the planet, and really great on the budget!!

*UPCYCLING is taking something existing, like clothing, and transforming it into something of greater value. This set of instructions and illustrations will walk you through every step of selecting garments, disassembly and reassembly, to create a beautiful, custom fit, one-of-a-kind garment.

Ideal for Remembrance Sewing!

WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY about Paganoonoo Patterns:
"Easy to follow directions with lots of great tips.”
“Absolutely brilliantly clear & concise instructions..."
"Amazing inspiration along with wonderfully helpful technical details..."

Happy Upcycling!

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243 shop reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Valarie Nov 29, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I wish I could share a pic of how well the Patti top turned out for me - it’s on the Paganoonoo Facebook page. (Black, red, and white). The instructions were easy to follow, and I’ve gotten many compliments on the top. It’s cuddly and comfy. I started w/ men’s plaid flannel that was a size too big for me and incorporated 2 tops my sister donated. I’d recommend that the shirts you use be close to the same size, as I had a slight issue with the ladies’ large sized sleeves and button placket not being quite long enough for the 2x men’s shirt. I pieced in what I needed though, and you really can’t tell what I did to compensate. This project was a lot of fun to accomplish. Even my husband was surprised At how nice it looks and he said it looks very cute on me. 😊

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Therese Barraco Aug 27, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I haven't actually made this blouse yet, but used some of the ideas in combination with the Peggy blouse to create an upcycled blouse from dress shirts.

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5 out of 5 stars

Made my first blouse with this pattern and was very happy with it. Easy to follow directions and good tips.

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Richard B Rhodes Jun 5, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Dynamite pattern! Paganoonoo designed a creative, fashionable and functional re-use Ladies Shirt Pattern. Delightful, inspirational to read the simple instructions... the author's enthusiasm for preservation and re-use of fabrics brilliantly shines. Can't wait to start my first shirt with her design!

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