It’s a good (although slightly stressful) problem to have when your sewing outpaces your blogging. Maybe it’s all these snow days, but I feel like the sewing has been flowing, if you know what I mean. I want to get some quality pictures before I show you some of the latest projects, but I do have pictures of the finally finished red t-shirt! Remember it in its original form? Or maybe you remember what it looked like after going through the wash? If not, I’ll give you the quick recap here:
To survive in this household, most garments have to be able to make it through the washer at a bare minimum. The dryer is negotiable. So, it was with fingers crossed that I threw this one in the washer and dryer.
After consulting the experts (my mother and grandmother), I took the trim off. I looked for more in the fabric store (so many good rhyming phrases today!), but nothing had the same pizzazz as my beading. I could have tried beading it myself or something, but that sounded like a lot of work for a t-shirt of questionable fabric quality. So in the end, I cut some strips of t-shirt fabric and bound the edge using a zig-zag stitch.
My first try wasn’t awesome…
The zig-zag was so wide it looked homemade in the worst way. So, I ripped it out again and tried one more time.
(Wow. I can’t believe I just typed that. Usually I would just ignore this kind of mistake and wear it as it is. I must be…getting better! Oh, my goodness! I’m becoming better at sewing! I hope this doesn’t mean I’m responsible for fixing EVERY mistake. You have to have some boundaries.)
The third try was the ticket. I like this finish so much better.
The back has that little sewing line that both covers the join in the binding and acts as a tag so you know which side is the back. Clever, huh? I didn’t even plan it. I just decided that it was supposed to be that way after I had done it. That happens a lot in art, too, by the way. Just in case you ever wondered…
I sewed a little seam at the front to make it look v-ish. Now it kind of makes me think of this old GAP t-shirt I used to have that had a rough-stitched look to it. That was a great shirt. Its spirit lives on.
I’m so happy to have a wearable shirt. I needed a few good t-shirts with some small, interesting details to form the base of my winter fashion ensembles. 😉 If anyone has an awesome boat/bateau neck pattern that they love, please leave it in the comments. I’ve been contemplating that in black for occasions when I want to look put together but still wear a t-shirt.