I recently moved from the wild, wonderful mountains of West Virginia to the sunny beaches of Florida. It is a totally different climate – no more inches of snow and ice in the winter, but I have to experience humid summers that are hotter than Hades (temperatures in the high 90s are the norm around here in the summer). Before I moved, I got rid of nearly all of my fall/winter clothes (except a lambskin trench coat and a few cashmere sweaters), but I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of this:
Why would I keep this sweatshirt?
because of this:
Cheap plug!! Sweatshirt advertising my business.
I often wore this oversized sweatshirt instead of a jacket when I would work my booth during arts and crafts shows that took place outdoors in the fall. I thought about converting this to a jacket, but I wouldn’t get too much use out of that in Florida. I wanted to do something different – something that I can use more often than 3 days in Florida during the winter when the high is 60 degrees. I like wearing sweatshirt material while I’m working out, and I like putting on items made of sweatshirt material after I get out of the pool to help me dry off quickly. I wanted to make something that I can easily wear over a tank top or swimsuit, and I wanted to make sure that I can wear it more often. I started sketching, and I came up with this:
This is a short-sleeved sweatshirt with peek-a-boo shoulders
I definitely had to make this a short-sleeved sweatshirt to account for the hot climate, but I added the other feature of a peek-a-boo shoulder to make it look less “pro athlete in the early 90s” (all I would need is a pair of Zubaz to sport that look!).
If I wanted to make this more of a fashion shirt, I would have made this more fitted. However, the purpose for this shirt is something to wear during my bike riding and walking workouts as well as a post-swim session “cover up” to help me dry off more quickly. Therefore, I kept the fit as loose and boxy so I can comfortably wear another top or swimsuit under the shirt.
I also wrote a note to “bling up” the logo, but I decided to skip this step since it’s going to be a workout shirt.
Here’s how I converted it:
1. I cut the neckline
Removed the ribbed neckline.
2. I cut the sleeves to make them an elbow-length short sleeve
Trimmed the sleeves – decided to go with an elbow-length short sleeve so it didn’t look too much like a muscle shirt
3. I cut the length of the sweatshirt so it won’t be a long tunic
This wouldn’t work at its current tunic length, so I cut off the length
4. I cut out the shoulders to make a “peek-a-boo” shoulder
After figuring out the size, I cut out a 1/2 circle in the shoulder
I took the material and used it as a pattern to cut the 1/2 circle from the other side.
Using the material as a guide, cut a 1/2 circle from the other shoulder.
5. After stitching the raw edges, I had a new athletic shirt
Trust me, this looks better on than it does on the table. 🙂
P.S. – I saved the leftover fabric from the sleeves and length of the sweatshirt to use for another project, which I’ll post about tomorrow….
P.P.S. – As an added bonus, I used the cut material from the cut shoulders and some leftover batting to make a pincushion.
A good use of leftovers…