Until this shirt, I was an utter failure at making shirts. Up until that point they all, without exception, ended up looking like pajamas. This shirt is probably the best example of that:
Ugh. Now that I'm seeing it on the screen, it looks like pajamas AND scrubs. I called it a "fail" and threw it in my refashion pile.
But I couldn't totally forget about this shirt because it was one of my best sewing efforts to date. I had drafted the pattern using Cal Patch's Design-It-Yourself Clothes, and I loved the fit: fitted, but not too tight, a nice long length, and it slipped over my head without the need for buttons or zippers, yet didn't have a too-wide neckline. Plus, the stitching on the bias tape was just soooo nice and neat. I really loved watching my skills improve with this project.
So, after pulling it out to cry over for about the 36th time, I finally thought, "Hey, why not just make it into pajamas?" Der. Sometimes the most obvious answer is the last one I'll think of.
So, I made little coordinating bottoms using the free Collette Madeleine Mini Bloomers pattern. If you look closely, you'll see that I actually sewed them inside-out. The right side of this fabric was too dark and had metallic thread that I thought was tacky, so I just used the toned-down, softer wrong side.
Now I don't have to watch that shirt languish it's life away in my refashion pile, and I have cute new summer pjs too! And sorry, but no, I will not be modeling them for you. The internet just doesn't need a visual of my thighs encased in elastic.
Just as a sidenote, after I made that Spring Top Week top, I went on to make 4 more shirts, all of which I love and are in heavy rotation in my wardrobe. The one thing they have in common? They're all knit! Maybe that's the secret to making non-pajama-looking tops.
And while I'm willing to show you guys my "fail" shirt, you couldn't pay me to show you my "epic fail" shirt. Or, as I named it, "Old Cuban Man's Pajamas."