The 2-week Tee Transformation
From a man's 4X pocket tee to a woman's boatneck swing top.
I love how my first top turned out, and was a bit more careful with the traced chalk line this time around. I used two tried-and-true tops from my own wardrobe as a pattern template: the same boatneck that I used for the previous project as a guide for the top of this shirt and a favorite swingy A-line for the bottom. I had the fabric and it's a favorite shape, so why not?
I fell in love with some tone-on-tone polka-dot tops at Alabama Chanin and had those images in mind when I drew a chalk-line grid on the front of my shirt. I used the top of a spice jar to trace 2" circles and cut them out. My first inclination was to cover the front with dots... that's a lotta dots! I decided to space them out more, figuring that I could add easier than subtract.
I attached the dots with blanket stitch; seamed and felled on the outside; used a vertical stitch to apply the binding to neck, armholes, and hem.
There are "those moments" in sewing just as in knitting. More black thread wouldn't be hard to get, but I had only the one spool and no more at hand! It was SO CLOSE.
It's not easy to photograph a black-on-black top! The photos above and below are when sewing is finished and before I threw it in the washer. My chalk-line design guides faded but remained visible throughout the process.
I purchased the 4X t-shirts on Wednesday, March 18th and finished on Wednesday, April 2nd -- the sewing up was complete the day before, but Wednesday is when I pulled it out of the dryer and over my head, ready to wear!
I'd have finished a bit earlier if I hadn't forced myself to put it down after the applique was finished in order to finish knitting a hat. I couldn't pick it up again until the hat was done!
And after washing. It softened up beautifully.
I absolutely LOVE IT!
From that to this.
This is not the last of that!
Edited to add:
Finito and a modeled shot! New haircut, too!!
awesome! love it! :D
Posted by: Kate | 03 April 2014 at 09:12 AM
Love it! Can't wait to see it in person at Knit Night!
Posted by: Laura | 03 April 2014 at 10:02 AM
SO AWESOME! Great job of upcycling from big-T to a top you'll love wearing!
Posted by: margene | 03 April 2014 at 10:26 AM
How cool! Nice work!
Posted by: Suzy | 03 April 2014 at 10:36 AM
That's fantastic! So how long did that all take?
Posted by: Carole | 03 April 2014 at 10:38 AM
Wonderful transformation! Mr. 4X wouldn't even begin to recognize his old shirt. I'm also admiring your hand stitching; it's so even and precise.
Posted by: Bonny | 03 April 2014 at 10:53 AM
Posted by: Elizabeth | 03 April 2014 at 12:10 PM
Posted by: Michelle B. | 03 April 2014 at 03:24 PM
Amazing! and beautiful! and I can't wait to see it modeled!
Posted by: Mary | 03 April 2014 at 09:05 PM
Nice work! I love your enthusiasm. But we need to see it on - or it didn't happen! ;-)
Posted by: Cara | 05 April 2014 at 07:25 AM
Love it! What a gorgeous top!
Posted by: Kym | 06 April 2014 at 07:00 PM
You are so clever! I love the top you made. Thinking about the sewing, however, made my head hurt. :-) My Grandma always sewed. Sadly, the sewing trait is not genetic.
Posted by: Angelia | 09 April 2014 at 11:55 AM