Have I ever mentioned how much I love Arrested Development? Season 4 not so much, but Seasons 1, 2, and 3 are hilariously amazing and clever (rent it now!). So, when I found this little gem of a shirt on the clearance rack at my former place of work, I was incredibly excited to have scored the last one with a super pretty price tag ($6).
Although the Arrested Development t-shirt was nowhere near my size, I knew I could refashion it. Not to mention, I could use all the practice to perfect the art resizing a sleeve and armhole. I know I should be using a fabric-friendly pencil or chalk on my sewing projects, but sometimes, I have issues with those instruments. A permanent marker usually never fails me.
Using the trusty “copy a fitted tee” method, I carefully took apart one side of the T-shirt and reassembled it to fit. Everything was done by hand — needle and thread — because I felt I had more control with the stitches and pace. On the bright side, my sister generously loaned her sewing machine to me for a bit. Yay! I love the whirring sound of a sewing machine.
The one issue I face is the long length. As much as I love a little bit longer T-shirt, the length is just too long for me and I have no desire to sew a new hem. On a day when I have more time and patience, I’ll add a little elastic to the side seams. From the tutorials I’ve read, a little elastic should shorten the length. The operative word — should.
For now, I can live with the long length. I’m happy to show the world how much I love Arrested Development.