And BTW, happy birthday, Lisa! You have a great eye and I really enjoy your blog. Hope you have a lovely birthday.
An exceptional opportunity came up to tag on two leisure days in Miami after a business trip later this month. I'm on it! Now I need some beachwear... some comfy, throw-on-and-know-it-looks-great kind of clothes... preferably some knits.
After the many, many men's dress shirt refashions of the last 7 months, I am ready to refashion something new, like t-shirts. To be clear, though: I am not interested in anything that looks deconstructed, no-sew, or obviously DIY. Not shredded, not destroyed, not ironic. All that would be fine at an earlier stage in my life, but I'm not 20 years old anymore and I don't want to dress like I am.
I want to refashion some t-shirts into clothes that are unique, stylish, and finished. Something I might see in a store and want to buy.
So I'm on the hunt for some inspiration. It's gotta be a quick sew because I'm leaving on the 20th, and I will only whip up a few items. I took a cast-off t-shirt from my hubby's closet and draped it yesterday, using an Urban Outfitters sweater dress from this last winter catalog as inspiration (wish I had a larger photo for you but I snipped this from the catalog and there are no longer images of the dress on the UO site).
In my version, the cotton is pretty heavy and there's not much stretch and very little bounce back, but it's a good start. After all, I hadn't put knit fabric under my presser foot in at least 8 months so this is a good start! Here is my "Take One" with a collar that was too high on the neck and too short for the width of the neckline, as evidenced by the bunching around the collar. Also, you can't tell in this photo but there was too much fabric in the back.
This is my "Take Two" and final version. I increased the size of the back pleat to eat up some of that fullness, and I opened up the neckline and sort of finished it.
I am going to send it through the wash and see how the neckline softens and wears, and if I don't like it I will probably re-finish the neckline some other way. Truthfully, it is so comfortable as it is and semi-flattering on. I want to mess with this basic style a bit more, with a deeper neckline using a lighter t-shirt with some lycra. Have you seen any t-shirt refashions you'd recommend given my persnickitiness?