Last week I found some great unwanted men's T-shirts that seemed to be crying out to be given new life and turned into something different. On Wednesday I released my first self-drafted free downloadable PDF sewing pattern for vests/camisoles/singlets, and I realised these T-shirts could be a good raw material for such a sewing project.
After printing out and stitching together the pattern, the selecting my size, I had lots of fun trying to incorporate the original features of the T-shirts into new vest pieces. The print design of the red Quiksilver T-shirt was an excellent scale for the vest, and the little pocket detail of the grey marl T-shirt fit well too. I was also able to retain the original hem finish of the grey T-shirt so I didn't have to finish the hem of my vest.
If you are interested, I've detailed how I cut the vest pieces from the original T-shirts in this blog post. I really love the idea that someone who has some old baggy T-shirts that they no longer wear, but perhaps have an attachment to them, makes them into useful little vest for sleeping in or what-have-you. If you have some old T-shirts, why not download my free pattern and give this project a go?