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Posted on: 5/30/09 1:06 PM
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OK - this won't work for everyone but I think enough of you will benefit. I wear a size medium T-shirt and when I go to buy a shirt it seems the color I want is in every size but my size. Last week I went over to the big woman section of Walmart and found T's in just the right colors and the fabric was a nice soft, not to heavy and not to light weight cotton jersey. The price was $5.00 each (even better). I carefully cut them apart at the seams and used my favorite T pattern to recut them to my size. I even salvaged the neckline that had a nice design element.

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Kadje said... (7/1/09 5:03 PM) Reply
Great idea! I will be checking the larger sizes from now on.
Joanne624 said... (6/3/09 2:15 PM) Reply
What a clever idea!!! :) :)
Karla Kizer said... (5/31/09 8:34 PM) Reply
I love "harvesting" knits from sources like this. I usually shop in the men's department and check the sale rack for colors and prints that didn't sell well to men - like pink and aqua. And Walmart carries inexpensive men's tees in size 4X Tall, and I estimate that I get over a yard of 60" fabric from each of those. Two of them will make a long sleeved, tunic-length top unlike anything Fruit of the Loom had in mind. (Next project - turning a couple of them into a spa wrap.)
gaginny said... (5/31/09 1:19 PM) Reply
I have used this techniqew to remake "freebie" t shirts that are always in mens' sizes and never fit in the shoulders and are too long.
Elaine Dougan said... (5/31/09 9:45 AM) Reply
This would work for some of my own too big t-shirts. Thanks for the idea.
SusanK said... (5/31/09 0:06 AM) Reply
Brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing.
mhk3boys said... (5/30/09 11:41 PM) Reply
What a great idea! I could do that with my t-shirts to make some for my kids!
 
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