Friday, October 19, 2018

Denim Days; Miss Green Jeans

Hello Readers. It's time for some green jeans. (Does anyone remember Mr. Green Jeans from the Captain Kangaroo TV show? It was a long time ago.) I didn't have any green jeans so I thought these would be a great for fall.

These green jeans were too big and too long but they were soft and stretchy. They would be very comfortable. The heavy weight denim would be nice too. It is getting cold out there.

I took in the sides by sewing new side seams. This let me make them just the right size for me. I also shortened them to fit my short legs. This was an easy sewing project, so I had time to make a shirt, right?

*****     PART 2 TRYING TO MAKE A SHIRT     *****

I had some old t-shirts that have been sitting around. I thought the colors were good for fall. The shirts themselves were not pretty or cute in any way. I was going to cut them up and use them for parts.

This was my first attempt at a raglan style shirt. I wanted to use the body of a white shirt and the sleeves of the brown shirt. (Spoiler alert: It did not turn out well at all.)

For real y'all, this was a disaster. The under-arms were way too tight and uncomfortable. I didn't even finish sewing the sleeves together. Clearly I measured wrong and the result was a really awful fitting shirt.

 *****    SECOND ATTEMPT  AT A SHIRT   *****

I started with a plain white t-shirt. I thought I could add some trim to this shirt and call it a day.

 I cut the bottom hem off the green shirt.

I also cut the lower hem off the brown shirt too. 

I decided to stitch the trim onto the sleeves to add a little interest. I also added some to the front pocket too. It was super simple and easy. That was all I was capable of on this day.

This is it for today. The second shirt turned out fine, it isn't an exciting outfit but I could wear it comfortably. I counted it as a small win since it was wearable.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

*Year end update- This wasn't a very exciting shirt but the pants are worn often to work. They are more useful than exciting, but that's OK.


KD said...

Jeans/pants refitting: valuable techniques for refashioners! Even though shirt no.1 wasn't quite right in fit, it is still a really good idea for combining 2 shirts of complementing (or contrasting) colors. Thanks for that idea! I am now looking for suitable shirts in my wardrobe!

I Can Work With That said...

Hi KD. Thanks for the comment. I hope your shirt combo turns out better than my first try in this post.
Happy Sewing to you!