This top that I made had a previous life as my husband’s XXL t-shirt. He never wore it because he said the neck hole was small and it felt binding. I took it over to sleep in, but understood what he meant — the neck was binding! I really liked the cotton of the shirt and the color, so I knew I could do something with it.
After some searching on thee internet, I decided I would take my favorite t-shirt, lay it on top on this giant shirt, and see what I could do. The original shirt was so large that I could fit my entire t-shirt in the middle of it, like never used fabric!
I freehandedly cut the shirt about a half of an inch bigger than the t-shirt I was using for a pattern for a seam allowance. Then, I needed to decide how I was going to sew the thing together! As I mentioned before, I banished my sewing machine to the basement, so some kind of hand stitching would need to work.
After a little thinking and looking through some books, I settled on the blanket stitch. I thought it would not only stitch the seams together, but deal with the raw edges a bit. I used #10 pearle cotton in black to do my sewing — I thought it would be strong. I chose black because I thought it would make a nice contrast around the neck and bottom edge.
Once I got to stitching, though, I started to prefer the seamed edges even on the sides! I decided the inside was the outside pretty early in the sewing of this top 🙂 It made perfect sense — my love of visible mending, Alabama Chanin’s hand stitched jersey clothing, and good ole punk DIY utilitarian sitching all came together as my influences for this top.
Yay! Not only was this new top zero coupons, but it took something I already had and gave it a new life. I’d like to do more of this (re)working of items I already have but do not use into items I use and love! I wore it yesterday and actually got compliments on it, which surprised me (but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since I work at an Art School, where the signs of Making are a Good Thing!)!
Speaking of (re)working — my husband has found a new job! On Monday he flies to Chicago, IL for orientation at his new company. He’ll be telecommuting, with short trips to the main office here and there. It seems like a great opportunity! It will be an adjustment for both of us with him working from home, but what is life but a series of changes? I can say that our cat Woody likes David working at home A LOT!
One challenge is that David’s health insurance with his old job ends this month, but his new insurance doesn’t kick in until November 1. This means he has to go on my insurance for these three months, and boy howdy is it expensive. Even with David’s new position, I still won’t be able to attend school this coming semester — the money will be going straight to insurance. I’m becoming more and more OK with the idea, though. I’ve already planned months of new skills to learn, booklists, and projects galore! I also imagine David might be wanting to get out of the house a little more than usual since he’ll be working from home, so maybe we’ll have some local adventures.
Here’s to (re)working!