stripey shirt

June 30th, 2010

I’m ashamed to say how long ago I started this shirt. I think it was supposed to be for Rae’s spring top week, which was in April. Well, it is very much summer here now and it’s finally done. Too late for one contest, but just in time for another. ha! The shirt started out as this ridiculously large muumuu swim suit cover up from h&m. I had been looking for a stripey shirt for summer, but couldn’t find one that was just right.  I saw this gigantic number and liked the stripes, so I spent all of 5 bucks for it.  I thought with that much fabric I could probably screw up and still come out with a shirt.

I used a 70s knit shirt pattern I had squirreled away and it worked out ok. I lent the pattern to a friend so I can’t show you the pattern picture, but it’s a v-neck, raglan sleeve shirt with a little bit of gathers at the point of the V.  I’ve had shirts like this before and they have always been flattering.  I didn’t gather it as much as the pattern wanted me too because it made the V neck too high up and I wanted a  deeper V, so next time I’ll try to figure out how to make the pattern do both those things at the same time. It also came out a little boxy and a little short, but I think I can fix that next time.

I have no idea how the pattern wanted me to finish the neckline, which is why this shirt has been sitting around unfinished since April. Finally I just slapped a half ass binding on it and called it done. And I’m happy to say I actually wear the sucker. Out of the house even.

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11 Responses to stripey shirt

  1. Dani says:

    Impressive. It fits perfectly.

    I’m scared of sewing knits. I’ll admit it. Everyone tells me it’s a cinch. But still, I’m a wuss.

    My go-to shirt pattern is still *the* Built By Wendy fave.

  2. c says:

    love it. it’s super flattering. (why is it so hard to find flattering t-shirts???)

  3. that turned out really cute! It seems to fit really well too! Great inspiration- thanks!

  4. CitricSugar says:

    Very nice! And it may have motivated me to try tailoring some overly large t-shirts I have…

  5. Antoinette says:

    I think that one can never have enough striped shirts. (Well, I thought that till I wore my fave striped sweater when I was 5 mos. pregnant, and saw a pic of my wide self much later. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I have worn a striped shirt since. Must remedy that now that I see yours.)

  6. Kelly says:

    “Out of the house even.” Love it. It’s the real measure of success, isn’t it?

  7. Selina says:

    Love it! I adore stripes and this is just fantastic!

  8. vanessa says:

    Cute. The v-neck and raglan sleeves are very flattering. I am pretty impressed with your skills.

  9. It looks great. If it makes you feel any better, I bought a similar gathered v top weeks ago – all I have to do is shorten it and I still haven’t got around to it…

  10. I LOVE THIS! I love anything with stripes. I once went to Anthropologie wearing a striped shirt and bought two more striped shirts! Of course, two customers AND the salesgirl both felt the need to comment on this phenomenon and make me feel a little silly, but I don’t care! I love stripes!

    You look really cute in it!

  11. The stripes look very French – just lovely on you!