Anyway, this shirt didn't turn out the way I expected (it was going to be a cover up...) but I do love the finished result and it DID inspire another really cool project that will hopefully appear shortly.
I bought this great, grey fabric at JoAnn's the other day. It was on sale, so I got one yard for $8. It's a fray-free knit, which just makes my heart warm. It's no secret that I dislike hemming. Or anything that takes more than five minutes. Obviously, hems are important. Especially for beautiful, professional looking clothing. But slouchy, summery, laid-back clothing? Not necessary. And that's what we've achieved here. It's a nice, light little shirt and I love how it looks with clean, white shorts. I used the "tracing" method from my favorite genius- Liz (C&C).
(1) Trace it. Start with a shirt which has the look or feel/is similar to what you'd like to create. This is a lovely, flowing shirt. The reason my end product wasn't exactly what I set out for is that I decided to skimp on the fabric. I liked it so much that I wanted to save it for something else. It ended up making the shirt shorter than I originally intended AND the sleeves were way tighter. Anyway, put your shirt on top of your (folded in half) fabric. Spread the sleeves out, don't have them laying flat like mine. It compromised the fit. It doesn't pay to be stingy. Pin it down (to all layers) so that nothing moves. Cut around the shirt, leaving room for seam allowance. You can make adjustments here, such as tighter or looser sleeves, etc, depending on what your end goal is.
|Back (left) and front (right) necklines.|
I have an extremely fun post for tomorrow! I'm really hoping it can be finished in time. Otherwise it'll have to go up Thursday. I was wandering through Michael's looking for black elastic (no go) when I stumbled upon this gem. Can't wait to show you! Anyway- I hope you have a fantastic day. All the best and as always, thanks for reading!