Mending My Vintage Gap Denim Shirt

Has Gap even been around long enough for its clothing to be considered vintage?  The answer is yes, if you look on Etsy or eBay.  But if you were to ask someone from the Antique Road Show . . . then they would probably say no.  Anyway, the point is that I’ve had this shirt since the 90’s (gosh I miss the 90’s) and I refuse to let it go and I still wear it on occasion holes and all.   Then I realized that the hole under the armpit was a little out of control and I didn’t want to get ambushed with a makeover from strangers.

So I decided to salvage my shirt by patching it.  No-sew, of course.  I had some of that cute fabric left over from my daughter’s cowgirl tutu and thought it would give my shirt a cowgirl edge.  After all, I am a Texan.

Here’s the front and the back of the shirt and their “problem” areas:

And the back:

The cute western fabric from the tutu project . . .

Below I’ve used good ol’ iron on fabric tape along the outer edges of the holes.  Follow the instructions on the back of the tape.  They seem pretty serious about 4 seconds vs 2 seconds of heat from the iron.  Also, iron down the tape then cut the fabric to cover the tape sufficiently.  I eyeball these things.  PS make sure the correct side of the fabric is facing out.

The patched up beauty (well, to me at least):

And the back:

This post got me thinking about some great signature Gap pieces from the 90’s.  Loved my sleeveless denim shirt.  The overalls.  The navy stripped long-sleeved shirt.

How about you?  Do you have some good Gap memories?  Remember when they tried to change their logo a couple of years ago?  I think that lasted for two seconds.

Until late next Monday ,



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