In cold weather, I have three sleeping shirts that go through a pretty heavy rotation, plus two pairs of flannel PJs I've had since high school, so as you might imagine, most of my sleeping clothes are beginning to show a little too much age even just for wearing to bed. But despite the inevitable need for replacement, nothing new has taken up residence in my pajama drawer in over a year, making me just a little anxious that when the time comes, I will be without a shirt to sleep in.
Fortunately, a few months ago, I came into possession of a number of soft and comfortable knit shirts that would be perfect for making into a pajama top.
Exhibit A: This pastel pink long-sleeved crop top. I really wanted to love it, but frankly, I just can't think of a scenario in which I'd be comfortable with my arms fully covered and my midriff fully exposed. Plus, it had these designed-in wrinkles that had lost their crispness and now just looked shabby, and was a little bit too short, even for a crop top. While I couldn't wear it as-is, I knew I could attach the sleeves to a T-shirt and make a long-sleeved shirt for wearing to bed! But what T-shirt would I do it to?
But how to cover up the flaws?
Two words: dye and appliqués!
Since I knew I was going to attach pale-colored sleeves to this shirt, I washed the dickens out of it after I dyed it. I didn't want to run any risk of color bleed onto my artwork. Once I was fairly certain that the color was set, I started on the sleeves!
Then I carefully cut off the sleeves and sewed them to the tee.
I wanted an obviously-stitched-on look for the appliqués, but remembering how much trouble I'd had sewing on my whale applique (to another pink T-shirt—what are the chances!?), I decided to fake it. I actually did all the border stitching before the hearts were even attached to the shirt.
Only then did I cut them out (and trim off the trailing thread).
Here's the shirt before I washed away the last heart. You get a pretty good view of the dye stains on the lower left corner.
So, there were a few small hiccups in this project. I'm glad I only ever intended this shirt to be worn for sleeping in, because the rogue glue stain and various dye stains make it a little too imperfect to wear out of the house. But for those who aren't perfectionists, it's a "love"ly little top to wear just in time for Valentine's Day!
|Before the fateful laundering that wiped out two of the hearts (but after the |
dye job that stained the bottom right corner!)