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|day 15| Refashion Month Guest: Marta from DoGuincho

When I found Marta from DoGuincho on a Project Run & Play post, I was very curious, after all she's from my country, and I don't know that many bloggers from here (that sew). I still remember the first post I read from her, and hers was one of those blogs I knew right away I wanted to follow. I love her work, and her phtography is quite impressive too. 

Hi! I’m Marta from doguincho and, like Magda, I live in Portugal.
I’m thrilled to be part of this great series as I love recycling clothes!
Actually my first sewing project was a shirtdress for my daughter Teresa. And I was so pleased with the result that, for the last years, I’ve sewn dresses (and here is a tutorial!), skirts, shorts, swimsuits, beach robes, costumes and purses all with fabric (and notions…) from old shirts, trousers, cushions or curtains
This time I’m making a summer top for Teresa from a white shirt that I used to love.

Teresa loved it too and here she is wearing her new top on a hot summer day!

The top’s bodice is made of the bottom part of my old shirt. I kept the side seams and the beautiful lace at the hem.
For the shoulder straps I’ve just cut in four the shirt neck cord. Simple, isn’t it?!
I had the sleeves left and I thought they were perfect to make the chest ruffle. But, as the fabric was not enough to make it in just one front piece and one back piece, I had to figure out a quite tricky way  to sew everything together… I ended up making the ruffle in four pieces: one for the front, one for the back, one for the left side and one for the right side. I wanted a nice finish for these seams so I went for french seams. Then I just top stitched these seams and aligned them with the shoulder straps.  This way you can’t even tell that this wasn’t my first option…
I think this will be a summer time favorite here at home. I hope you like it too!

And thank you Magda for this invitation!


  1. So.....I want one for myself....
    Great job! This top looks so light, comfy, and cute.

  2. Great idea! and I'm with Theresa, I want to do this for me! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you girls!
    What a great idea! This should an easy project to sew for us too, I think.
    I have to give it a try!


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