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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Refashion #9 Anthro Inspired Rose Shirt

I am so excited to share this next refashion project with you. I am in love with this beautiful rose shirt that I just finished.

It was inspired by this "Telocote Tank" by Anthropologie, which is no longer for sale.
I loved the beautiful roses but I didn't like the price tag (around $70), or the tank top. I decided to make my own more modest version. (Which was less than $10, plus hours of work, of course.)

Let's get started!


Plain shirt

Your choice of fabric and colors

(I used 1/4 yard each of maroon, beige, and pink for the flowers and a small amount of brown for the leaves. This fabric is 100% polyester and kind of shiny.)

Cut 2 1/2" wide strips from the flower fabrics. Fold in half and stitch a seam down the side. (If you are using a fabric with a pattern, make sure that wrong sides are together for this step.)

As you can see, I didn't even use matching thread because it won't show. I don't rethread my machine if I don't have to!

Using a pencil to help if needed, turn the sewn fabric inside out (or outside in!) to make a long tube. This is done to prevent the fabric roses from fraying. They will also look thicker.

Roll up each tube of fabric to make a rose. Use fabric glue or a needle and thread to secure each one.

For the leaves cut a few 4"x4" squares from the brown fabric. They do not have to be straight.

Fold in one corner to the center...

and then the other.

Pinch the end together to hide the edges and make a leaf shape.

Stitch the ends together to finish the leaf. They won't show so they don't have to be perfect.

Arrange the flowers on your shirt in a pleasing pattern. Tuck the leaves under the roses. Pin each one on so they stay while you hand sew or glue the flowers onto the shirt (see the end of this post for my tips on this).
Each flower will have to be sewn to the flower next to it so that they don't stretch and pull apart when the shirt is worn. I just did a few stitches through the sides of the flowers to connect them together.

This is the longest step!!

After sewing on all of the flowers you will end up with a beautiful rose shirt like this one!

There are so many other color combos that would look wonderful!

It is perfect for fall with my maroon "leather" jacket and brown boots.

Just FYI

When you are going to do a shirt refashion, make sure that the shirt is exactly what you want before you start to add embellishments. I started this project with a very plain $5 Old Navy tee. Once the flowers were on they looked a little too fancy for the shirt. The neck was also very large so the white undershirt gaped out and looked funny. This shirt isn't too different, but it gathers a little at the neck, has the 3/4 sleeves, and has a small neck opening. It was also $5 from Shade.

If you choose to use fabric glue to attach the flowers, beware! I used it before to attach flowers on this shirt and it worked fine. However, on the rose shirt it made a big mess. The glue was running so I grabbed the nearest thing I had to wipe it up with, which just so happened to be a piece of red cardstock. Yikes. Needless to say, there is a pink stain on the back of that Old Navy tee. Not to mention that the shirt was stiff.

After these messes, I pulled all the flowers off and hand stitched them to the Shade shirt. This entire process took me several months to complete so that is partially why I am so excited to share this! It's FINALLY done!

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ifonlytheywouldnap said...

this is lovely! wonderful job! i will have to look over my supplies to see if i can do something similar :)

Justine said...

Lovely shirt! So sad to hear that it took you a while to finish, but it looks great!

Thanks for the tips! If you could, do you think you can show us how to make the flowers?

Just Better Together

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I love this shirt a lot! Don't you love it when you have to try, try again to get it! grrr...Thanks for sharing what you learned! I appreciate it!

Seamingly Smitten said...

It seems like it took forever, but look at it! It's worth it! And no red cardstock stain on it! :) Great great job1

Seamingly Smitten said...

This is awesome!! Please add to my linky party....and giveaway!

Maggie said...

This is awesome, luv luv it..
Can you please contact me at cuttlebugchallenge at

Alida L. said...

How beautiful! I think yours looks better than the Anthro on :-) I'm visiting from the Weekend Roundup, check me out:

KasiaJ said...

Looks lovely! I love finishing the projects that never go the way you plan at first. Such a good feeling, plus it's gorgeous!

Jeanna said...

Love the colors. Awesome for fall.

Jill said...

Thanks for the tutorial! The shirt turned out great and I can just picture all the fun you could have with arranging the flowers.

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

This turned out amazing! I like your version better than the catalog tank -- congrats!

Daydream Believer said...

Love this! Great job! :)

Dana said...

I love it! Yours is prettier than the original!!

Sew Much Ado said...

That is so cute, you did a great job! I hope you'll enter in the Copycat Challenge, there's lots of great prizes :). You can go to for all the details!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Hi, I'm linking over from Tatertots & Jello. I love Antro inspired projects. This turned out great!

Warmly, Michelle

Hanna said...

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Have a peek at my giveaways if you stop by. Everything is handmade and gorgeous!

I love this shirt!! I also love your blog design. Very nice

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

This is so cute! It looks great on you! I am featuring this at

Karena said...

Absolutely adorable I love it, thank you so much for sharing the details!

Come and enter my new Giveaway....I know you will love it!!

Art by Karena

Laura Woodbury said...

Wow! Look at you go!! You seriously inspire me!! I have bought a couple shirts to try some re-fashions of my day, in all my spare time. I hope you know I am one your biggest fans! Everyone has told me how talented you are and now that I have found your blog I can see for myself- You Rock!!!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I just saw your shirt on Someday Crafts and just had to drop by and say how much I love it. Well done. You look amazing in it.

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Amy said...

I love the shirt. I am sorry you had so much trouble getting this one completed, but i appreciate your tips!! Thanks for sharing!

pk @ Room Remix said...

I admire your patience in making this! It turned out really cute.

Emily said...

So pretty! Thanks for the tips about hot glue and picking the right shirt. I miss Shade.

Your Mom said...

You make me proud!

Bromeliad said...

Great job. I loved this shirt also. I did a DIY version here:

But I like how yours turned out better.

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Wow. That was a lot of work! Thanks for linking this up. Way to go!


Susannah said...

I love this shirt. Anything with rosettes is amazing, and this shirt truly is!


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