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Recreating a faded shirt

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

I made this shirt about 30 years ago. It was a slightly deeper shade of olive green and did not have the strips on the side or the lace at the bottom.

Appliqued shirt

Over the years I needed to widen and lengthen it. I added olive green t shirt fabric to the sides.

I find it very comfortable to add t shirt inserts to a cotton shirt. It provides a lot of flexibility as though I am wearing a t shirt. I had to use many pins as the t shirt fabric stretches and the cotton of the shirt does not.

Tshirt inserts
T shirt inserts

I couldn't find the same shade of green lace so I added a slightly contrasting piece of lace at the bottom to lengthen it

Green lace

The color faded over the years and I don't wear sleeveless shirts anymore. I went to my stash to see what I could find.

After my decision from last year to not purchase any more fabric or notions I have to be creative.

I found a packet of olive green t shirts and one of them was in a shade that was deeper but similar to the shirt.

Olive green tshirts

I cut off the sleeves and shortened them and used the remnants to make yoyos.


Better, but still a bit boring for me today.

Added sleeves

Much better!

3/4 legth sleeves and I will be adding yoyos in the same shades as the sleeves to brighten it up.

It is definitely something that I will wear now. With some remnants and imagination it is easy to rejuvenate and recreate a shirt for many more wearings.

for a detailed 42 page tutorial to create versatile crop tops as layering pieces

see here on Etsy

and here on my site

Why Create a Crop Top? It is a lightweight layering piece which can be worn all year round. It can be worn as a shirt as is, or over a tank top in summer, over a t shirt or even over another button down shirt in spring and autumn and as an additional color layer in winter. This versatile top looks great with wide leg pants and skirts. It is a shirt which is very comfortable and loose enough to be worn over a tunic as an added layering piece, which is a staple in a lagenlook, french cottage, country outfit.

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