All right, if I keep waiting for sunny days and good photos, I'm never going to get anything posted! How do some bloggers have perfect photos all the time?
Before: A men's medium polo, embroidered with advertising for Estrella Mountain Ranch.
After: A basic shell in a women's size medium.
I bought this polo at the thrift shop because I was intrigued by the fabric, but I had no idea what I was going to do with it. I'm generally not a fan of resizing polos, because you can't really resize the placket and collar, and, to my eye, they end up looking out of scale. Also, because this was such a lovely, silky fabric, I wanted to make something more refined. (Not to sound like I created a masterpiece or anything--I just mean the style is simpler.)
I had a root around in the pattern drawer and came up with Simplicity 4503, which is apparently out of print. No problem, I'll take a pic...be right back.
I bought this pattern for view F, the bag! I guess you just never know. Now that I'm giving it a second look, I might want to try that skirt too.
Anyway, the first thing I did was get the pocket out of the way. Pick, pick, pick with the seam ripper.
I know these manufacturers have to make sturdy garments and all, but geez oh whiz, that pocket was hard to get off! Dudes, ease up a little!
There are only two pattern pieces (front and back) and they fit nicely on the shirt, thank goodness! I don't usually try to do this with anything smaller than an extra large, so I was a little concerned!
The sewing was very straightforward, which was a blessing, because I have little experience sewing on knits. This wasn't a very stretchy knit, which also helped. To finish it off, I used one of the buttons from the original shirt, and made a loop from a little scrap of fabric that I just tugged on to make it curl up in a tube.
Don't forget to make yourself a thread shank for something like this! They suggest you use a pin or a toothpick...I went a little nuts and used a handy knitting needle.
Now, you might remember that I am not a sleeveless shirt fan, but in the interests of full disclosure, I am posting a picture of myself bravely showing my arms and wishing they looked more like Michelle Obama's.
In reality, this is how I'll wear it: