Trim: Worn Out Refashioned Shirt
I'm particularly attracted to fabric and clothing that performs double duty. My first thought was to wait until I found a suitable pattern that would take advantage of this fabric's reversible properties (the other side is solid black). Then I came to my senses and realized that it will likely be a very long time before I find such a pattern and most of the patterns I see with knots and such, I don't particularly care for, so that adds even more time until I can sew up this fabric. Then I asked myself, "Can you reasonably suspect that you will never again get new fabric?"
No, I suspect that at some point in my life, I will once again by fabric. So why am I letting this fabric sit in my stash when I could be wearing a new shirt? I don't have a good answer to that question, so I made a shirt.
I used the same fitted t-shirt pattern as I used to make the velvet and navy tee*. Since I thought the fabric would stretch, I wanted to cut it smaller to start with. I was right. This shirt is as loose as if I had used the basic t-shirt pattern which is a full two inches larger.
I wanted a sort of sweet-heart neckline, but wasn't sure how to do it. I felt comfortable enough to take a chance on my good fabric and it came out alright. The blue trim is from a refashioned shirt that is no longer wearable. The easy way to apply the trim would have been to have the circles pointing down, but that seemed to cutesy for me. I like the look of trim peeking up into the bare neckline, I just haven't perfected the method of applying it. I also think the hem needs to be shorter, but dislike fixing projects, so haven't gotten around to shortening it yet. Plus, I'm worried I'll make it too short; that happens most often, even when I measure.
In this shirt, the trim rolls to the inside. It was worse, but I put a black ribbon on the inside to give it some stability. Since the neckline is large enough, I didn't worry about it needing to stretch to get over my head. Plus, I wanted a woven on the neckline to keep it from stretching out too much.
If I wear this shirt with black pants, I feel too dark. I like it better with jeans. If I had a turquoise skirt, I might wear it with that, too. I'm also experimenting with different combinations. Last week, I wore this with my sage vest and liked it. I was in a hurry, so didn't get a picture.
Overall, this isn't my favorite fabric or shirt, but I like it enough that it will be put to good use. It is machine washable, but not dryer safe, so maybe if it was easier to care for, I would wear it more.
I thought about making this longer and having a t-shirt dress, but honestly, no matter how I try, I'm not comfortable enough in dresses to make it worth the fabric usage. I'll get more wear out of a shirt I sort-of like than out of a dress that I love.
*While looking for the post to link to here, I realized I haven't blogged about the happy outcome to this experiment. I'll at it to the list, but with NaNoWriMo this month, it might be a while.