You may or may not have picked up on this, from various outfit posts, but I’m a bit of a fan of op shops. (Charity shops, thrift stores, second hand shops, whatever you want to call them.) I always try to go into them, veering towards them almost unconsciously. My other half, who doesn’t like them at all, always attempts to drag me back onto the path to wherever we’re going at that point in time.
But occasionally, he lets me indulge for a short while.
The other month we were at a baby event in Miramar (a Wellington suburb) and, since we’re hardly ever out that way, he indulged me and we wandered into a couple of the op shops there. And in one of them, hanging out on the “sale” rack, I found a shirt. Partially made – interfaced, side seams sewn up, and pins for darts. It was about my size, and only $3. And I’m a bit of a sucker for unwanted things – I always find myself wanting to “adopt” them, take them home and look after them.
So yes, the shirt came home with me. Old pins sticking in it and all.
It’s a shorter style, with short kimono sleeves, and a little collar. No darts to speak of – the pattern may have called for them, but they hadn’t been sewn up and there were no good markings of where they should have been. (Random pins notwithstanding.) It was also a bit boxy and shapeless. Here’s where it started (please ‘scuse the pj pants):
When my mother was up visiting, I got her help to pin on some alterations. I took in the side seams, added released tucks at the back (still not 100% sure on these – they make the top half of the back quite blousy. I’m considering changing them to standard darts instead. What do you think? Leave them like this, or taper into standard darts?), hemmed sleeves and base, and put on snap fasteners. (Yep, I’m still on my sewing-with-hammers buzz. Gotta love that superman feeling!) And here’s where it ended up:
Much better no?
So that poor, unloved and unfinished shirt, it’s now been worn twice. And will get worn again. Rescue mission: complete.
(Ok, so tell me true here, folks. Am I the only one who does this, rescues unfinished projects and finishes them? Second time I’ve done it (the first being the Strangers UFO jacket), and it’s likely to not be the last….)