And I kept trying to make them work, but sometimes you just have to call it a day, or your sewing time is sucked away for weeks (or months). Here's a couple of fails (and I was a bit erratic with the before photos):
Looks okay right? You've no idea how hideous the refashioned t-shirt really is on me - and there will be no photographic evidence. I forgot to take photos of the three t-shirts I used making this, but I'm sure you know what t-shirts look like anyway. But I did get a lot of practice on my overlocker (serger) and even followed the instructions in the DVD to make really neat circular seams - see how tidy that looks? There's a join in the middle of that sleeve insertion.
I also copied a sleeve from a RTW top and it's very flattering, at least at the bottom - but turns out you can't put a shaped sleeve-head into a straight armscye and end up with something without weird folds... Maybe it will be just right for someone else but if not, I still learned a lot.
Part 2 - that scarf. It started out as a skirt that just needed a lining and a new zip, but then something about it started bothering me. See if you can spot the problem (it's disassembled here already).
I thought I was just being picky, so I asked a few friends and family if it was obvious and turns out even blokes could spot it. The fabric had been cut out without considering the nap - all hearts except for one back panel that's upside down. No problem I thought - I'd since found a very similar skirt with the pattern right way all around so I could repurpose this one into an infinity scarf. I love the way they look - but then I forgot how much I hate having things close around my neck. I can't stand wearing it and it's too short as a standard scarf which I do wear. But it's useful to know what you don't like as much as what you do - I'm putting this on the "not for me" list with bolero jackets, polo necks and raglan sleeves. Sew and learn eh?