I found this piece of fabric in the remnant bin and *score!* less than $5 for the investment. I had a shirt made of similar fabric from Target and I wanted to replicate it. I splurged on two spools of elastic thread in hopes of working some more magic. I have never used elastic thread and was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was. The hardest part of rewinding it by hand. I did hit a few snags on this thin fabric but some minor adjustments were not a bother.
I didn’t even bother to make top shoulder seams on this fabric, the weight and drape of it were great and instead I just cut a head hole that I also sewed up with elastic thread to give it some more interest and pull. I used six rows of elastic thread right around my waist line to form some shape. I also kept the top nice and flowy so it can be worn easily by itself with a cami underneath or under a nice blazer/sweater for dressier occasions. I zig zagged the arms, side seams, and hem to help keep the material from unraveling later on. I will wash this in the washer and hang dry. I washed and dried this once (will wash and hang dry from now on) to get the elastic to tighten up.
I’ve been working my own little sweat shop. Take a look at what else I’ve been crafting.
The scarves were easy enough, no more tutorials needed. A yard of lace and a yard of contrasting cotton made these simple and affordable. Make sure you wash the fabrics before to make sure nothing gets warped when you do finally wash your new things! Sew right sides together and leave an opening on one end to pull everything through.
My second creation turned out pretty well after a little fitting and repinning/resewing. Thanks to C&C for a great tutorial! This shirt came together in just a few hours in one yard of fabric. I purchased yards of other patterns so make so I could have some comfortable shirts to wear under cardigans/blazers for work. I find that most shirts are either too informal or too sheer/see through and while I can appreciate wearing cami’s and other shirts, sometimes I need some more coverage because it’s getting cold but I don’t want long sleeves. I also want something that’s more wash and wear instead of any kind of delicate/hand wash/complicated washing instructions involved.
I’ve got a few more shirts on deck for when I have time on weekends to bust some things out!