this was part of my college uniform:
not only is it ridiculously big (as all of my clothes were back then), it has developed some issues in the back....
.....and so has since been relegated to the pajama drawer (or, more accurately, one of the pajama drawers. i have a few pajama/loungewear drawers. some of my friends find this odd). but i never wore it, because i was afraid it was just going to keep ripping and fall apart. so, clearly, it was time to take it apart myself.
i started by removing the sleeves, then cutting across the back at the spot of the enourmous gaping hole, leaving me with this:
then i cut down the sides, making two pieces, and slit the part of the back that was attached to the front down the middle, comme ca:
i decided that those two pieces coming off the top of the front piece would become straps, so i trimmed them a bit to make them slimmer and hemmed the edges. i also turned the neckband under in the front and stitched it down to make a uniform hem all around.
then i put it all together: pinned the side seams and sewed them up, hemmed the top of the back piece, attached the straps to the back, and hemmed the front piece— which had ended up longer than the back—at the bottom. and this is what i got:
putting it on, i realized that the part where i had hemmed under the existing neckband stuck out....
...and i was going to fix it by turning it under one more time and re-hemming, but then i realized that i liked it the way it was.
the finished product definitely retained some of the pinholes and frayed edges of the original shirt, and i'm glad it did.