This is how I began, placing the pattern pieces on the man's thrifted t-shirt to decide on where I wanted the compass rose image.
|Double-layered refashioned bolero|
Here I have cut it out. It is double-layered, the second layer is made of another thrifted t-shirt. I am hand-sewing the shoulders together. The instructions for making the bolero are in the book Alabama Studio Sewing.
I wanted to make it with long sleeves, but I didn't have enough fabric. I looked everywhere for another black t-shirt, but oddly enough couldn't find that same black. It is an unusual blue-black whereas the other t-shirts were a brown-black.
|Alabama Chanin bolero from refashioned t-shirts|
So I made it with cap sleeves. I haven't finished the stitching in the photo above.
I haven't really found the right things to wear it with. I suppose I need a blue t-shirt to wear underneath.
I would be grateful for any fashion advice on how to wear my new bolero. I would like to wear it to class this week and show my students.