Some home-sewers don’t see why anyone would bother to make a t-shirt. They are cheap and not worth your time they contend.
Experience has taught me to go against this advice. After I became plus-size cheap tees were no longer flattering, and the good ones were no longer cheap.
Though I do understand that sewing your own can be a lot of time for a t-shirt, especially when you might garden in it.
That got me to thinking, what if I could take thrift store tees, and with a few quick alterations, make them bearable?
Here is my first try. This is a peachy-pink tee off of the 99 cent clearance rack at my local thrift store. I purposely choose it because it is a bit oversized for me, it was in my chosen color palette for spring, and of course, because it was dirt cheap.
As you can see this shirt has a matronly look, as do most RTW tees that I find. Usually plus-size clothes that fit around my waistline, are oversized and dumpy at the neckline. You can see that the shoulders are a bit big, though being a crew neck for once the neckline fits.
I began by concentrating on the side seams. Starting right under the arm I took them in, curving in at the waist and back out slightly towards the hemline.
Next, another bugaboo about plus-size tees – they are usually REALLY long. As my upper hip measurement is larger than my lower, a hem sitting tightly so far below my widest part just highlights my figure irregularity. I hemmed.
Most of the time I don’t mind sewing on my daughter’s Hello Kitty machine, but in hemming knits, it is not at its best. I turned the fabric under one inch and used a wide zig-zag sewing from the top. The wide zig-zag looks surprisingly similar to a standard RTW coverstitch if the onlooker doesn’t look to closely. The bad thing is that the zig-zag has a tendency to pull the fabric. I used washable solvy on the bottom but that did not totally eliminate waving. (Though some of the wave might be caused by the unwashed-out solvy itself.)
Meh. I am going to try a few more. Maybe a certain style of tee works better than others, or I have yet to learn a better technique. The good thing to refashioning is that no time is spent working on a finished collar. However, there seems to be a limit to how much can be changed in a garment.
Well, on to the polos. I am still working on cutting down men’s polos to fit me.
Next Post: Tuesday, January 25, 2011:Cutting down men’s polos into women’s – will it work?