Pretty drastic experimental tee makeover
Ready for an experimental shirt makeover??
I've talked before about how I'm learning to wear more loose tops. Big fan now, but still don't own many--most of my tees are more fitted and look boring to me now. Gotta get my wardrobe up to 2011.
You also know that I looooooove stripes. So, inspired by a few of these tops from various inspiring sources on Pinterest...
I went to Goodwill in search of stripes I could make over. I bought this men's XXL polo shirt, the Target brand from the 90's, in hopes of making it cute.
I love the loose, dropped shoulder look, and you almost don't need a pattern for that--I have a dolman sleeve top from Old Navy this year that I could have traced, I guess, but I did want more of a tee shape.
I looked around at JoAnn when Simplicity patterns were $0.99 last time around, and had a hard time finding what I needed. I bought Simplicity 2191, which is a pretty dern dumpy pattern if you ask me--but the shape of the sleeves was what I wanted, so I went with it.
I ignored the slit at the center front, and made the length whatever worked with the fabric I had. I made the sleeves a little bit longer/more substantial. My thought was that the princess front/side seams would sort of disappear and would just shape a little.
Whooosh--I like this pic even though it's blurry.
It's pretty easy to wear, as was the goal, and I love the stripes. And the polo shirt fabric is way more substantial than what you can get at Forever 21 or wherever else I would have been willing to spend the few bucks on a storebought one!
I highly recommend the upcylcing route if you have any specific clothing needs and know you can make them yourself. Often it's cheaper than buying new fabric, and it's eco-friendly!