Upcycling project – SJP Top from Johanna Ortiz made from old man shirts
I saw an article with Sarah Jessica Parker in 2016 and immediately fell in love with the top she was wearing. I found out it was designed by Johanna Ortiz (I do like lots of her designs) but literally unaffordable for me. So I decided to make my own top from the one material I have lots of… Man Shirts
I finished the project about a year ago (September 2017) after working on it for the better of that year. It took a lot of adjustments and thinking about the “how to…” because my fabric supply was VERY LIMITED and I couldn’t loose even a few cm of it. I did have to use a second shirt for the lining and ended up using a bit for the bottom part as I did cut out a piece the wrong way and couldn’t fix that any other way…
I intend to make a sewing pattern for this top but for now I can only show you how I made this one.
First I cut off sleeves and collar. I had to make a new shoulder seam to pull up the arm hole, take out some fabric from the middle of the back (which gave me more fabric to work with), put a bust dart in and fold in the button placket (I do not cut it off right away, as I wanted to safe the bottom part of the shirt as a whole to keep as much fabric as possible)
Then I used a sleeve pattern I had from another blouse to get a good armhole. I put it on the sleeve upside down after I already removed the cuff. I needed the shoulder part as the new cuff to give it the wide puffy look that Johanna Ortiz is using in a lot of her designs. The new cuff itself I created by piecing together the botton placket I cut off.
I put the sleeves back into the shirt and tried it on to see where I can cut off the bottom of the shirt.
That would have been perfect if I wasn’t so stupid to cut one of the pieces the wrong way… Now I did NOT have enough fabric anymore. I had to use some of the lining fabric for the peplum pieces. I did have the shirt pocket saved, which I then used to put on the back middle piece of the peplum.
I finally had all the pieces for the peplum to sew them all together and onto the top. I used some lining to hide all the seams and velcro to close the top in the front. I wanted to use a button or snap first but I thought velcro is more adjustable as there is no elasticity in the waistband.
And here is the result… Not completely perfect but quite wonderful.
There are a lot of details I put into the design that I didn’t all show here but I aim to make a better tutorial on the second version. If you need any more info, just get in touch.
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All the Best, Tina