Nothing says spring like stripes.
This XL thrift store striped shirt was just begging me for a refashion. I was inspired by Little Miss Momma and my wonderful new assistant, Valerie, to make this spring shirt and necklace.
So let’s get started:
The original shirt was not only huge, but the v neck was way too low for me. I turned it around on my dress form to use the back for the front and the front for the back. 🙂
Next, I cut off the sleeves and saved them for later.
Then I cut the neckline for a much better look.
I measured the side seams to fit better and pinned it to fit. I even sized it to my curves so it would be a custom fit.
After pinning, I took the shirt off the form and drew a seam line with tailor’s chalk. I then sewed and trimmed both side seams.
Now it’s time to sew the neckline. After folding the raw edge under, I sewed all the way around once. Then folded it under again and did a double seam. It would’ve been nice to have a double needle, but I did the best I could with one.
I found out that when sewing with thin t shirt material, the needle you use is EXTREMELY important. I used a 70/09 needle made especially for knits. If you don’t use the right needle you will get missed stitches.
This is what the back looks like now:
Next up, sewing the sleeves back in. Putting the sleeve inside the armhole right sides together, I eased the sleeve into the hole with small pleats at the shoulders.
And now a much better fit!!!
I used the other green shirt to make the necklace. There is a wonderful tutorial on how to make the Pom Pom Bib Necklace on Little Miss Momma’s page
Remember, THINK SPRING!!!!!