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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

French T Tutorial

I’ve been longing for a classic quintessential striped French T shirt. You know the one. Audrey often wore it.


For Picasso it was a wardrobe staple.


Even the grand dame of fashion, Coco Chanel,  embraced its simple perfection.

stripe boatneck shirt

Walking into the Gap I perused the clearance section and found an entire row of  T’s in various colors. The price? $7.99.

gap shirt 

The problem was that a tunic on me looks like a tutu on an elephant~ ridiculous. But for the price I wondered if I could alter it. So I selected the navy with white stripes and the white with navy stripes and headed home. I cut 4 inches on the bottom and hemmed the edge. With the now extra fabric I thought I would add a ruffle detail elsewhere I also decided to remove the pocket.

afsachet 061

Gathering the fabric I created a ruffle detail on each sleeve of the navy top.

afsachet 065

Ah, a much better look for me.

french t 001

Of course you saw the white version on last Sunday’s post.

They’re a bit of Ooh la la for an Ooh la like price.

What have you transformed?


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The Quintessential Magpie said...

Very cute, Laura! And you are so talented to know how to do that and to do it well.


Sheila :-)

Chrissie said...

The look is perfect.Your shirt looks awesome!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Laura, How cute! I love the ruffles you added.
Hugs, Sherry

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Look how gosh darn clever you are! My best friend does things like this all the time. I do so wish I could master sewing - it's actually mentioned in my blog post today - funny. Your new top is now even more chic and $7.99 might actually get me to the mall (I don't really like going to malls).

giveaway this week -

Mary Grace McNamara said...

How clever! I always have the problem of sleeves that are too long for me. I'm forever rolling them up! This would be a great way to fancy up the sleeves and make them shorter at the same time! Thanks for the idea!


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Laura Sweetie...
Oh I want one. I want one. That is so stinkin cute. I love, love,love it. You look like you just stepped right out of a fashion magazine. Now that is just precious.

Thank you for sharing with me this morning. That is just a really clever idea, and I love it.

Have a gorgeous day sweet friend. Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

French said...

you know I'm such a fan of these shirts; love your personalized version; it will be perfectly French for the Rose Bowl...

Redhead Sadie's said...

Pure cuteness, sweetie! I love how you just come up with this stuff! Xoxox Jenny

Karena said...

Laura this is darling I love it, it would be my style too! a great idea!!

Come and see my latest find, would love your comments

Art by Karena

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Laura you look divine & you are so very clever (but we all knew that!).

Is that a French Basketeer basket your holding?!!

Très chic
X deb

Kat Skull said...

I bought that shirt! Except I bought it at the 9.99 price. Still a steal!


Ann Nichols said...

I just love stripes too! You did an amazing job of altering it to suit you. It looks great!
What have I transformed? Oh my... all I have on my mind today is the little kitty that is sitting so angelically on the rocking chair behind me as I type! He just came to us today - he was hit by a car four weeks ago and needed a place to live! I couldn't be happier (I got the good end of that deal!)So I guess... would my life being transformed by this little tabby cat count?!
Take care and please come visiting again!

Nezzy said...

What a treasure you are girl. Ya got a bargain and a fantastic designer one of a kind top!!! It's just perfect!

God bless ya and have the most amazing day!!! :o)

Blondie's Journal said...

You did a wonderful job on the shirt. I wish I had a good eye for what I can pull off. I pretty much wear whatever strikes me!


Whimsey Creations said...

Love it! What a great idea and you did get such a bargain. Good going!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Great job "remaking" the shirt--it looks good on you!

Lana said...

What a cute transformation! I love small ruffles on clothing. I'll have to show this to my daughter ~ she'll love it! Thank you for sharing this idea. :)

Whimsical Creations said...


Mimi said...

I saw those lovely tops at GAP every week when we went in there!!I too adore French theme anything and they were screaming my name, only my daughter siad the same thing, kind of boxy looking MOM< maybe if they fit a little tighter, so I PASSED on them, now I will have to go back and see if any are left, I could alter it a little, my brain does not see things like, just alter it!!Only if I paid to have it altered!!
GREAT JOB on those, I LOVE IT!!
I have been sooo busy lately, I started my photography business and it is all consuming, maybe too much!
I 'll let you know in a few weeks if I survive!
have a Very Blessed week my dear sweet friend,