Saturday, 22 September 2012

The Bazinga shirt customization

I saw this shirt on Amazon and had to have it. (Granted, the soft kitty one was also tempting.) But I don’t like wearing regular T-shirts, so I changed it into a girly fitted shirt with puffy sleeves.
Doing so wasn’t facilitated by the fact that the original shirt was completely lop-sided, almost a parallellogram. I took out the sleeves, cut several cm off the sides of the shirt, and shortened it. Then I sewed the sleeves back into the now smaller arm holes, without changing the size of the sleeves. I gathered them both at the shoulder and in the middle of the arm band, to make them puffy.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Blackworked coif – part 2

After finishing the embroidery for my coif (see part 1), I sewed on spangles. Then, I cut the embroidered piece out, added matching lace and lined the coif with another layer of linen. I folded the outside over the inside to create a tunnel for the drawstring at the back of the neck, and hand-sewed the tunnel in place. Then, I finished the top of the coif by whip-stitching from the front towards the back, and gathering the part that sits on the crown when the coif is worn.