I originally purchased it to make a t-shirt scarf that I saw on Ruffles and Stuff. But right before I started cutting away at it I decided to try it on.
The left strap was broken, but it was still cute on. So I had an idea. Why not try making a shirt AND a scarf? It was only 25 cents, so no big loss. I marked where I wanted the shirt to end with a pin and then cut away.
I cut all the pieces I needed for my scarf... 64 4"x4" squares. With the remaining fabric I cut long and narrow rows (the long strips were 1 1/2" wide) and sewed them together end to end. Then I followed My Mama Made It's instructions for creating a ruffle (longest stitch at the highest tension).
The fabric went in like this:
And came out the other side like this:
Look at all of this yummy ruffle goodness!!!
At first I thought I would make a halter top because of the broken strap.
I tried it on and pinned where I wanted the straps to go:
But then I re-thought it. I didn't like the feel of the one thread holding all of the weight and although it looked cute, I felt like I was revealing more than I wanted. So I re-pinned:
I sewed the left strap back on and pinned the ruffle to the right side then sewed it.
Then pinned the ruffle to the left side and sewed.
I really loved how the front looked with the ruffles meeting each other.
I have to back up...
What was I thinking?? Me who can't sew a straight line, deciding to sew a ruffle on to a teeny tiny strap?? Well, it was no surprise that I missed a few spots.
No worries. I got a needle and thread and went to town on it.
Call me crazy, but there's something about going old school and using a needle and thread that makes me feel colonial or something like that. I can't imagine sewing a whole garment or quilt by hand. Well... I can't imagine it period, but I think I would want to hurt myself if I had to do it all by hand.
This is how it turned out:
A couple of pictures from my camera phone:
It's hard to take a picture of myself, but I hope you get the idea.
Do you like it? I do! :) It's still really hot here... 106 today, so it'll get some wear time.
The second piece I worked on was the scarf. Just follow Ruffles and Stuff's simple instructions. My fabric was a cotton poly blend and really lightweight. I wasn't completely happy with how it turned out.
It was really limp and hanging WAY DOWN to the floor.
So I put it back through the sewing machine, but this time I put it on the highest tension and I'm much happier with how it turned out. Fluffier! :)
So that's how my 25 cent investment turned into 2 pieces of clothing! :) That was actually fun! What?? Me have fun with sewing? ;) What can I cut up next???