|The gathers around the neck are a little uneven, but this is a T-shirt, not designer. Okay?!? Okay.|
It used to be a huge men's shirt from Michael's for 2.50 or something. I cut out the crew neck and left the edges raw. It's been a few years though, and the neck was so stretched out I never wore it. Happily, my sewing skills are much better now and I edged the neckline with clear elastic (zig-zag stitch), folded it over and stitched twice, keeping the messy look. (I also took in the sides and sleeves--the pink stitching on the sleeves is where the original shoulder seam was.)
Before bleach pens were marketed in the grocery store, I took Q-tips and dipped them in bleach to make this design. Then I free-stitched pink and white over all the leaves and branches. I backed the design with a scrap of flannel so I wouldn't worry about the stretching.
I would tell you the real name of this shirt, but my darling husband has decided to use it for is new Genealogy Research company, and is taking the name from me. Grrr. But really, I'm happy for him:)
Thanks to Joy for reminding me of my favorite shirt ever.
And speaking of Joy, and her 70's infatuation, made me take out all my 70's patterns.
|I get these at secondhand stores for 25-50 cents.|
I'm missing a couple, but that is entirely possible considering I never clean out my fabric closet. My favorite 2 are these:
Yes, that interesting seaming on 7802 includes a pocket. How cool is that?! And the one on the left I just realized is the same pattern as this fantastic maxi of Tanit-Isis'. Very nice.
And, I found a vintage sewing book copyrighted 1943. (The blue book under the patterns above)
With chapters like "Becoming Necklines",
"Choosing the Right Clothes",
and subtitles "How to Get That Expensive Look",
let alone the chapters named "Points to Remember About Afternoon Dresses and Formals", this book is filled with vintage techniques not used commonly and no-nonsense advice about what to wear if one has a thick neck.
Needless to say, this book is charming and wonderful.
Other vintage news at my house includes this lovely shoebox full of ric-rac:
|from my dear Grandma H.|
So fun! Except I'm not 100% sure what to do with it. I love it. I just don't know where to take that love. I've tried incorporating it into projects; but I think now that I'll have to design a project specifically for this lovely notion. Any ideas?