I’m a total baby about two things. One, being cold. Two, going to the dentist. Both make me shiver, both cause unnatural numbness, both cause exorbitant amounts of whining. I’m sure you can see the connection.
I just spent the afternoon hanging out with my dentist (who is currently getting way more of my home renovation money than my home…but we won’t talk about that or sever depression may ensue). I had three people’s hands in my mouth at one time…three. Seriously?! I knew I had a big mouth, but that right there is over kill, not to mention going to give me sore jaws for the next week at least.
At minimum, if I’m going to die of hypothermia I can look cute doing it, unlike death by dental work where you’ll look like a python attempting a snack of a large elephant as you gasp your last breath. I’m not whining, I’m simply pointing out that fashion is important when facing the perils of life…but, since we are on the subject of whining…why can’t I ever find shirts long enough for tall people like me?! I love layered looks, I do! I can hardly ever pull them off though, because I can’t find anything long enough to use as the base layer! I have an abundance of short shirts, because for some reason, I guess I think they’ll magically add inches if I buy them and take them home with me??? Well no more of that ladies! The light bulb has been lit, and this tall girl has finally found a way to cheat the short shirt making system.
This is not really a tutorial since there was more seam ripping in this little adventure than I’ve done in the entire last year of sewing….it’s more of a “general suggestion” post. First you need two shirts you are willing to sacrifice. Lay them out to get a general idea of how much of the under shirt you want to show, and where.
Next, whip out your swanky scissors and get to chopping. Be generous, you’ll have to sew this thing so that means leave room for seam allowances. The sweater will stretch a whole lot so take that into account too. Use your sweater, or top shirt, to help you draw the right line for the neck.
Use lots of pins to get the pieces into your sweater correctly. Use a narrow, long zigzag stitch if your top shirt is a knit (stretchy) fabric. My under shirt was considerably smaller than my stretchy sweater, which caused some interesting challenges. I added two gussets on the side seams of the plaid shirt to add width to it. I also did not completely sew the bottom of the plaid shirt to the sweater. I didn’t want it to pull unnaturally, so it’s just tacked down every five inches or so. I tried to circle the tacked spot in this picture, but it’s still really difficult to see.
My best refashion tips for any project are…try it on at every step to see what needs to be fixed, work with the fabric not against it, cut larger than you think you need, and keep your seam ripper handy! Sometimes you have to do weird things (like gussets in the side seam!) during a refashion to make it work…it’s ok! Just roll with it!
I don’t think this shirt would fool a sewing pro for a second…but, how many times have I met a sewing pro in real life?…hmm can’t say I’m worried about it. I totally fooled my Mister, who was then puzzled why I wouldn’t just wear both shirts instead of sewing them. Sigh. Now there’s an idea. Bless his heart. Don’t think I won’t be doing this again. I will be, and you’ll be the first to know. Now, if we could just work out some sort of fashion to help with the dentist problem…maybe a cute sound proof shroud so I can neither see nor hear the horrifying instruments being shoved into my mouth for starters…
1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:
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