This is an old 'Tommy' shirt belonging to my husband, which he got from his brother.
When he was about to throw it out I asked him to pull off the buttons for me. While he was doing that, it struck me that the material could be used.
I unpicked the seams to make it flat, and cut the waistcoat pieces from the sleeves ( the lining is made from cotton I had already). The pattern is from Ottobre 3/2009, no.20. It involves a lot of turning inside out and outside in which can get a bit confusing, but I love the result - it just needs buttons.
The dress is from a Japanese pattern I made already from the book Favourite Dresses dress B, a lovely easy pattern. The pattern pieces were cut from the back and the front of the shirt. I managed to get enought bias pieces from the scraps. The little flower appliques had to be designed as one was needed to cover a hole in the shirt.
The big question . . . . how safe are the rest of his shirts (cue - Jaws music....)!
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