I am gone! To the East Coast, where I hope to find summer rainstorms and lakes to swim in. But I can never really leave town without embarking upon some madcap project when I should really be doing laundry and packing my bags. This particular burst of energy resulted in transforming a huge beefy tee into a beach cover-up.
Three snips and one line of elastic thread, inspired by Heather’s love of the stuff (it really is like magic, and she gives a great how-to on sewing with elastic thread in her book). A little doodling with these nifty fabric pastel sticks I just discovered, and scene.
You’ll have to forgive the dodgy lighting – inspiration didn’t exactly strike in the best possible light.
Here’s how to do it: Take one extra-large men’s teeshirt, put it on, and stand in front of a mirror with a piece of chalk. Mark the new neckline, then cut. Put the shirt back on, and next mark under your bust, as a guide for the row of elastic stitching. Remove and use the mark as a guide for a straight line across the front and back of the skirt.
Using the elastic thread as the bobbin, sew around the line. Spray with water bottle and iron to “smock” the fabric. Trim sleeves as desired, and draw some little doodles with the pastel sticks. Toss in a suitcase and hop on a plane to Cape Cod!