Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Another t-shirt for me

So when I created my sweater-to-scoopneck tank the other day, I cut the v-neck band off of the blue sweater. I don't know if it's a sign of thriftiness or mental disorder, but I save the collars and cuffs and pockets and button plackets and necklines from garments I cut up for fabric or refashion into other items. I have a shoebox full of them just waiting for the right project.

Today, I made use of the neck band from the sweater. See?

I made a fitted tee from some brown knit I had on hand and then stitched the sweater banding down to create a neat v-neck detail. That sounds awfully simple, doesn't it?

Actually, it was a bit more complicated than that. First of all, I had to be sure that the neckline I cut out of the brown tee was the same size as the v-neck band, since the sweater band was a closed circle. This involved first cutting the neckline really small (like, the same as the back of the tee), folding it in half to find the perfect middle, lining up the sweater neck band so that the point of the V was exactly at the middle of the t-shirt, and then pinning up and around. After it was all pinned, I marked the top edge of the neckline, removed the sweater band I worked so hard to pin down evenly, and then cut the neckline slightly larger than the line I had marked. I made it slightly larger to be sure that there would be no brown t-shirt peeking out.

I decided at this point that the colors were a bit drab. To add a bit of "pop", I cut long strips of cranberry red rib knit and ruffled one edge. I stitched them down around the neckline of the shirt before I -once again- pinned the sweater band down very carefully and very evenly. Finally, I stitched all the way around the edge of the sweater band to attach it permanently.


And because I can't get pictures of me without also taking some pictures of Liv...

LOVE those big eyes!!!



twelvecrafts said...

Okay . . . I'm a total sewing beginner, so I'm in awe a bit that you made that t-shirt too . . . plus made a cool neckline with a repurposed sweater. Woah! Love your blog and writing style. I laughed pretty hard at the soccer mom post. I went through a similar internal angst when we bought our mini-van. I didn't notice a follow option for your blog, so I'll just have to bookmark you and check back every once in a while. :)
PS - Thanks for stopping by twelvecrafts to look at the little pen holder/page holder thing I made!

Holly @ Domestic Dork said...

that last photo is absolutely fantastic! you should blow it up and put it on your wall!

saffiertje said...

love this t-shirt!!!
Thanx for linking me up to craftgossip i am soooo honored

Love miranda

julie k said...

I just found your blog! I love the idea of combining sweaters and t-shirts. You did a great job.

casserole said...

I love it. I love you mom