One lucky tshirt will win a free cardigan enhancement
I love a red striped anything. Must stem from a life long fascination with barbershop signs. Packing for a recent trip, I needed a light cardigan and this sweet long sleeved T was longing for acceptance. Scissors and risk taking are probably my 2 best friends! People who sew don’t need all my instructions but for those of you who are new at it, I hope this makes sense.
You might remember a cardigan enhancement from the early days of the Pixie. Like from the 2nd week. View it HERE. This starts out the same. Straighten out the shirt and determine where the middle is. This is the hardest part cuz if you cut a line down the front that isn’t straight, you now have a whole new design element. Tshirts are tricky cuz they don’t always hang straight. You can’t rely on just lining up the side seams to find center. So…be patient with this step.
OK. A crossroads. I have a few of these T cardigans that I’ve just cut. Wear them all the time. This one hung kind of long and I thought it would look cool with some sort of finish. If you chose to continue. Sew a casing along each side of the front. Just turn the fabric under and sew. I did about a 1/4 inch for this project. You may want to iron or pin it down first. I’m a shoot from the hip sorta girl so I just go for it. I’m also not a perfectionist so I get away with it.
I went digging in drawers til I found this shoe lace to use as the drawstring. Cut the string in half so you have one for each side. It’s just like replacing a drawstring in a hoodie. Use a safety pin on one end and tie a knot in the other.
Go in from the bottom of your cardigan casing so the cut end of the lace will end up at the top.
Take off the safety pin and pull the cut end just barely inside of the casing and sew back and forth across it a couple times to secure it in place.
Done! You decide how long you want the drawstring. I’m leaving mine just a bit shorter than the cardigan so I can wear long or cinch up.
You know the other great thing about tshirt cardies? I don’t wear sunscreen so I am always covered up. This is so light, it doubles as a scarf to cover my neck. You might spot it in some of my travel photos. HERE‘s one.
When it comes to clothes, you really only have to remember 2 things. Scissors and risk taking. Go!!