Saturday, September 24, 2016

Back to school: 1+1+1+1=1

Since it's back to school season again (already?), I thought I'd post a previous refashion with a school-themed title...
Just got a freebie tank passed on from my friend, and I really like the flared shape and slight racerback cut, so decided to make a version using old T-shirts. My teenage son went through all his clothes and filled a large bag for Goodwill. Of course, the bag didn't make it from the house to the car, without me taking a quick peek.
I pulled out a grey T-shirt with a Celtic motif, and three unworn white Hanes shirts (I think he kept wearing the same 3 from a 6-pack).
I found a bottle of liquid Rit on the shelf and decided to go for it. Well, the deep Cabernet color I was expecting turned out to be cerise (a surprise, but still OK).
I did a rough trace of the tank, and made front and back patterns. Then I started cutting into the shirts. I only managed to get narrow front and back panels from the Celtic print shirt (if only my son was built more like a chunky middle-aged woman, I wouldn't have to do so much piecing together!!)
I cut the side panels on the fold (no need for side seams), and two sets of front and back yokes from the Hanes shirts, so that I could just sew them double and not worry about finishing the neckline and armholes. I couldn't get the back yokes in one piece, so decided to do a button detail.

I wish the motif placement had allowed me to get a better seam position (not really flattering), and it would probably be a little better in a lightweight jersey, but I'll wear it.
Full post here


1 comment:

Chickie Walsh said...

I love exercise wear ideas! This is great. And I steal clothes from my teen son too.