Some Fun Sewing After the "New" Coat!
Or, If Someone Gives You Fabric, Use It!
So, I'm starting to run again to get into 10K shape by spring and in order to do that here in New England it is best to join a gym and get on the treadmill. The weather is just too cold some mornings to be out running, never mind the ice and snow. Planet Fitness had a good deal right at the end of the year, a pre-paid, $99 one year membership, which also happened to have a free t-shirt thrown in with the deal. See yesterday's Parting Shot for the original t-shirt.
I got my t-shirt, quickly looked at the tag and asked if they had a small. No smalls, only XL. Ok. So if you're not an XL, what do you do with the t-shirt? Well, if you can sew, it is not a total loss. Look at it this way, that's a good yard or more of fabric. That plus a pattern already in the collection (Out of Print New Look 6265) and some black knit already in the collection (I do keep solid knit pieces for stuff like this) will equal a much more wearable shirt for the gym.
After cutting the t-shirt apart at the side seams, I was able to cut out the front and back, easily. There is still white leftover, which I'll save for another project some time.
I was able to use the coverstitch machine to finish the neckline and armholes. I ran white in one needle and black in the other to match the fabrics:
Now it's not too bad, is it? For the intended purpose of wearing to the gym, getting sweaty and yucky and being washed to death, it will do nicely. The gym isn't a fashion runway for me, but at the same time, gym-only clothes aren't a bad thing, either.
The lessons here: don't immediately dismiss something as unusable, be creative, and keep those fabric scraps (VickiW would approve, too, check out what she does with scraps!).
Tomorrow: Starting the fur jacket! Finally! The pattern is traced and as soon as I finish altering the last pair of trousers for a client, I'll get to the cutting and vacuuming of fuzz.
Parting Shot: New Sled. This is one of my son's Christmas gifts - a new sled. He picked it out and bought it with a gift certificate to Amazon (it's a Zipfy sled). He tried it out this afternoon and said it goes really fast. Now, if we had some more snow, then he'd really have fun!