This Izod camp shirt was a men's size M, and because I wanted to cruise on auto-pilot pretty quickly, I decided to keep the collar and go vaguely Grainger. It was a wonderful couple of hours, with no agony, no big decisions, very few measurements, sleeves from Simplicity 4179 (this seems to be OOP now?). After sewing the casing on the inside instead of on the outside like the Grainger, I stepped back and thought, Hey, did I sew that on the correct side of the shirt? I guess an inside casing had been on my mind for so long that it was a reflexive movement. The whole thing came together like a reflex. It didn't even occur to me to try on the shirt until after it was done.
Easy-peasy. Might need to shimmy the gathered fabric around the back more so it doesn't look so much like my bust is drooping. Drooping would require a more substantial bust anyway so it's just an inaccurate look. LOL
Outsapop ran a blurb on the runway bunny ears at Louis Vuitton Fall 2009. I guess I felt inspired. Judging from the look on my face I could stand to work on my camera presence again for a little bit. I am hoping the helmet draws your eyes away from my tiredness!
After a few hours enjoying my distinct lack of growth, it's time to head back into the fray, to start doubting my every decision again, to hope I get this whole thing right, to feel a pang of terror as I cut into a 302 t-shirt and know there isn't another one if I make a mistake. Thanks for taking this trip with me.
[Still some boxes with contents to deal with, shelves to be filled, pictures to be hung around the house, and a ladder to do it with. This is my life, right now.]
I too stayed within my comfort zone yesterday... skirt refashion... skirt refashion... skirt refashion... it's nice to know we have that option. But i'll probably bring the fear again soon. good luck with 302-can't wait to see the final product!ReplyDelete
Question! Did you take in the armholes or the side seams at all? Does the elastic go all the way around the back?ReplyDelete
I'm inspired to try this as soon as I can. Sadly, I think I might be quite a bit taller than you: My old men's shirts certainly do not hit at mid-thigh!
I've decided that my own shirt refashion is going to have to wait on the bench until I get either a dress form or a sewing pattern for a semi-fitted shirt, because so far I've got myself an oversized men's shirt with shortened sleeves and that's it! It's good to see what you're up to though.ReplyDelete
well it's a life filled with chaos and adventure ! And stunning shirt refashions... why step out of your comfort zone when inside your comfort zone is so effortlessly stylish .. oh that's right, this small thing called "personal growth"ReplyDelete
As we say in NZ "on ya" (short for "good on you.")
Cute, cute, always cute men's refashions, Antoinette! Thanks for the inspirations... Uuummm, about those images I promised...ReplyDelete
I love that picture of you wearing a helmet. It has that Japanese pattern sewing book feel to it. You know, where the model is pictured holding something like a cup or a pitcher or a bagel or something completely unrelated.
"This is the test. No struggle, no progress." Janet Jackson, Rhythm Nation.ReplyDelete
You can do it!! Go, Antoinette, go!
so cute, of course. And you look so happy to be posing in that helmet. =) Your house looks fun!!ReplyDelete
I am amazed every time I see you do this!ReplyDelete
I mean, wow! I love this, you took that whatever shirt and made it so so cute. I can only WISH I could do this, I would do it to so many shirts, what you have made is just perfect - stylish and comfy!ReplyDelete
Oh wow. I love, love, LOVE this! Great work. Amazing as always.ReplyDelete
I want this (shirt-)dress! The casing, the pocket, the tight sleeves, everything is just perfect - so proportional. I would never have guessed it was based on an oversize men's shirt. I just love your refashion projects. And the helmet photo is plain brilliant :)ReplyDelete
oh, i love the pink color!!ReplyDelete
OK, I just found you via your Flickr tutorial. I think you're genius and am bookmarking you. Hope to attain your level of skill in...well, the next 50 years, if I am lucky!ReplyDelete
It may be a reflex, buried deep in your comfort zone but you do it so well and it looks great! Love the helmet shot!ReplyDelete
really cute, specially the way you wear helmet.ReplyDelete