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From Him 2 Her
It all started when I bought a men's shirt from a thrift shop to wear around the house. It was comfortable, because it was roomy in the right places, especially under the arms. However, it was too long and didn't fit my hips, so I shortened it. Next, I found the sleeves were too bulky when rolled up, so I cut off the cuff area... but then I had this extra material. The idea came to me that I could make pockets out of the extra fabric. Pockets are so useful in a shirt! The stiff collar got in my way, so I ripped it off, resulting in a nice, mandarin look. I added a drawstring along the bottom to give it style. When my friends saw the finished product, they all wanted one! Thus the idea of "From Him 2 Her" was born.
The shirts can be worn over a tank top in summer and over a long sleeved shirt in winter. Every shirt is one-of-a-kind in terms of colour and pattern. Some are plaid, some are striped, and others are solid. Sometimes I get creative and add colour to the pockets with contrasting prints or an embroidered doily. When winter is approaching, I lean towards the warmth of flannel. Whenever possible, I choose good quality shirts that have esteemed labels like Ralph Lauren, Gap, Eddie Bauer, Penmans, etc.
My appreciation for recycling is no accident. At the end of World War II, my mother made me pretty dresses out of printed flour and sugar sacks. She also upcycled men's suits into clothing for the family. I inherited her flair for remaking clothing as I take men's cotton shirts and redesign them into blouses women enjoy wearing. I hope she is looking down and proud of what I am doing!