When was it? Last year? Anyway, some time ago, I got the idea that I could make t-shirts with neat designs, and started a CafePress store to that end. I made a keen design that was reminiscent of a late-70’s era tee my mom had:
So, I ordered myself a 2XL jersey with my design on it. And, when it arrived, I thought it was cool.
Then I tried it on.
OMG. I could wear it as a nightshirt. (And I did, on occasion.) I hung it in my closet, rarely to be seen again.
When Sheryl took me on Shopping Spree Part One, she showed me a “fashionable tee” she had in her closet, and told me about the people who do t-shirt surgery to make their big, boxy tees into chic and, well, fashionable tees.
It took me a week or so, but I began to resent the oversized tees I own that are too cool to thrift, but too baggy to wear comfortably anymore. (Who’da thunk it?) So, I went to the t-shirt surgery LJ community, snooped around a while, and decided to go for it.
I didn’t have the CafePress jersey in mind as my test subject at first, but it presented itself after only a moment of closet-searching.
Look at this thing. It’s *huge* on me—and that’s saying something.
I chose a new shirt that fits me well, and used it as a template, tracing around it and then sewing on the lines. Good grief, though, look at how *huge* that shirt is!
Voila! I took a few inches off the width and the length, and added a little zig-zag stitch to the bottom for that finished-yet-unfinished look. (Actually, it’s really because I’m new to the whole sewing thing and didn’t know how to properly sew a hem into the bottom of my shirt.) I had contemplated shortening the sleeves, but decided to leave them for now.
Here’s another view of the finished shirt. My slightly surly look is due to having argued with the digital camera for over half a dozen exposures.
Now all I have to do is get rid of the spare tire around my middle, and my shirts will fit even better *without* surgery.