Carrie Bradshaw Month: Part 2

In case you missed the last post: here at Charity Shop Chic, April has been renamed ‘Carrie Bradshaw Month’ and I will be attempting a series of remakes in tribute to everyone’s favourite fictional fashionista. This is part 2 of the series.

There’s definitely nothing Carrie-like about this out of shape t-shirt I bought for £1.99 from the British Heart Foundation shop in Walthamstow.

Not to worry though, because… next to be recreated is Carrie’s Paris style!

Check out that flower on the front… beautiful. And very easy to recreate.

First I removed the small pocket and cut a couple of strips from the bottom of the t-shirt.

Then, I pinned the strips in a circle, making small pleats on the inside edge. For the largest circle I made sure to cover the slight damage on the shirt from where the pocket was.

Below is the inside of the shirt. I used some stabilising strips (hello again, old sheet) cut on the grain and basted behind the flower. The stabilising strip prevents the flower from stretching and going out of shape when the shirt is worn.

Here’s a close-up. The red thread is my basting stitches.

Then I appliqe-d my flower onto the shirt using a tight zigzag, catching the stabilising strip on the back.

I did this a couple more times in concentric circles – luckily there was just enough material – to make my flower. When I tried it on, the material was too heavy to hold itself up and was ‘closing’ the flower, so I hand stitched a few stitches all the way around to make the petals stay open.

Et voila… Another Carrie-themed outfit!

Unfortunately the photoshoot budget didn’t stretch as far as Paris, so you’ll have to make do with a Parisian themed outfit in London.

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20 comments

  1. Kate

    I think your’s looks better than Carrie’s. The flower on hers is a bit too ‘flouncy’ for my taste. You’ve hit just the right note. x

  2. Erica

    Cute!!! I agree with Kate, your’s is better because its more wearable, I can’t wait to see what you’re up to next!

  3. Adin Blankenship

    I looks really beautiful and way, way better than the original boring shape. I did a shirt like this too years ago and I got the inspiration from a bag. :) I love this!

  4. Shelley

    I am so going to make this t-shirt for the summer. Terrific ready-to-wear knock-off of Carrie’s Paris shirt. Much more versatile. Sooo Cute!

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