Just a "cut up old/unwanted t-shirts and merge them into one nice t-shirt" project. All the ... uh, design elements
on this were unplanned, I had to do them to solve some problems.
the trial-and-error, forget planning-and-pattern-drafting type. Before:After:
I've had the red short-sleeved Korea t-shirt (actually there are two, the uncut one in the picture is the bigger one, which I didn't use) for a while, and initially just wanted to make it more fitted, mainly pull the sleeves down so it doesn't fan up so much and look like a boy's t-shirt (which it - sort of - is). But then
I thought, the design is pretty darn scary and I wouldn't want to wear this outside the house, so I cut the design out. And then I remembered a wrap-top tutorial
at ohmystars.net (and at craftster too, thanks ohmystars
!) and decided to do something like that, with pieces from the white shirt for the bias binding.But
it became too small and too tight, I had to wear the (then vest-like top, with short sleeves) by stepping my feet in and pulling it up my shoulders.
So that's where the rectangular white stripes from the armpit along the sides came in. But then
, the sleeves flared up too much and started to look space-suit-y, so I sewed in a little bit and got the stripes to be tapered and pointy. I think that part looks like a football jersey a bit. ^^;
All this while, I planned to wear it over a black long-sleeved shirt but
the sleeve area was still especially tight and had creases when my arms were pointing straight down, so I thought; let's just make it a "fake" layered t-shirt so I won't have to wear another shirt underneath it. Ah.
So this is where an old long-sleeved black t-shirt came in; cut off the sleeves and a triangle for the front, sewed them on. And finally
, the black band at the bottom ('cause I don't usually like horizontal stripes at the waist
) exists because the hem of the white stripes ended unevenly with the red hem, so I just sewed on a band and tucked the unevenness inside.
I'm still not sure I'd want to wear this in public; the stitching's pretty messy and the inside raw edges are totally ... raw, still.
'Cause I don't have a serger and zigzags don't go along very well with thin knit material. And, well, maybe it looks too funky or handmade? ^^;Extra pic to show the left area and (accidental) wide neck: