While searching the web for a black and white polka dot tie-neck blouse, I came across this picture of a denim version and fell in love. But, it cost $67 and I refuse to pay that much for a shirt.
So...what do I do? I make my own! I knew I had a couple of very old man-shaped denim shirts in my closet left-over from sadder fashion days.
I didn't take any photos of the shirt before, but I'm sure you get the idea. They were loose and boxy and not very fashionable. They were also a very light chambray color and I wanted my shirt to be darker like my inspiration photo.
I bought some RIT dye in Denim and dyed them before I started cutting. I'm not in love with the color that came out but it's livable.
First, with my hand dandy seam ripper, I removed the collar from the shirt I would use as the base. The only other alterations I made to that shirt was to give it a more feminine shape.
From the second shirt, I cut what would become my bow. I took off the front pockets and sewed all around them and the ties with Coats Dual Duty Denim Thread which is the gold color we're all familiar with from our favorite Levi's.
I then attached them to the shirt and was done.