I wouldn’t go out of my way to search out a Polo-style shirt but I was swayed by these great colors, MY colors.
For this teal one I convinced my LH that teal is not his color and he surrendered it to the sewing studio without much fuss. Coincidentally teal IS one if my colors. No really. A total coincidence. Really.
I removed the sleeves and filleted the shirt opening it up at the sides and shoulders with only the collar holding everything together. I then recut the shoulders, armholes and sides using my trusty SLOPER! Yeah sloper! Instead of side darts I eased in about an inch of fabric at the side seams at the bust which lent itself to a subtle hi-low hemline. I can see in the photos though that I should have made the “dart” larger as I see some drag lines at the bust. I kept the original hem and added flattering side slits. I also recut the sleeves maintaining their original hem as well.
So now I have a sassy little tunic I can wear as a beach coverup or with leggings.
I picked up the turquoise Izod shirt at the Salvation Army for a few dollars knowing that it would get a make-over. It was 80’s vintage, wide shouldered and loose, with puffy sleeves.
I removed the sleeves and took in the sides. I used fold-over elastic on the armholes and stitched it to the inside of the garment. This type of binding is a first for me and I don’t think it’s quite right. There’s really no need for elastic here but the FOE color was a good match so time for experimentation! The armholes are now a little too snug which means I must have stretched the elastic during installation. The shoulder slope is off too. I keep walking around yanking my shirt down so too snug in the bust. Considering that I only paid $2.50 and its second hand, I’m calling this one a fail and It’s going back to Salvation Army. Eew! It’s not woth my time to unpick. I am calling it a learning experience.
- In some knits you can’t ignore or reduce the bust “darts”. This is very firm stable knit that deserved a bit more shaping and ease.
- Fold over elastic is too bulky for cotton knit pique.
- Don’t stretch the fold over elastic or binding at the armholes. I don’t need ease here.
- Slopers are awesome!
- Learn how to SMILE for the camera!