There really was nothing special about the shirt. It was a wide boat like neckline with gathered cap sleeves and a keyhole on the back. I really think it was the color that made me get it. It was purple. I love purple. It follows me home in every way, shape and form. But this purple shirt was wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
What I envisioned was something with a nice trim, some details on the front, and some sort of empire waist. So I went to work.
The first step was to cut the neckline into a slight v and cut off the sleeves. Next, I made a bias binding of this lovely floral print that I never had enough fabric for a full shirt with. Then I made 3 rows of gathering stitches at the center of front right under the bust to give myself a waist.
When I was sewing the binding onto the neckline I found another 'fun' thing about this shirt. This shirt was really stretchy, and liked to snag at any attempt at using a seam ripper. Lovely. The solution has been to stitch the other side of the binding closed by hand. After I did that to the neckline I took a break and worked on that gathered center section.
Here you can see the hand stitching of the bias I had to do. Stupid knit.
I cut two rectangles of fabric in that same floral and sewed them together near the edge (probably could have just used interfacing on one). Then I pressed the rectangle under 1/4 inch on each side and tacked it onto the gathered section. Finally, I sewed the rectangle down. It gives it a nice center detail and I think it ties in nicely with the trim.
After I am done with sewing the binding around the armholes I will have to make my final decision as to how to decorate it.
I am not sure if I want a cluster of flowers going from the shoulder, flowers on the center section, rows of ruffles, or some ruffles down the shoulder. Either way, it will be a vast improvement.
I'm happy with how it's turning out but I really wish I didn't need fixed in the first place. Oh well, that's what you get for spending $1.50 on a top. Can't win all the time.