Have you ever refashioned something and think “Is this cute? Do I like this? Can I make this cuter?” I took a nice light purple T-shirt and made an asymmetrical cut. I absolutely fell in the love with a bright multi-color table runner found at a consignment store. At first, I thought about using the table runner in a future quillow, but when I accidentally laid it next to a couple of T-shirts, the table runner perfectly matched several different shirts! Awesome!


I cut a 4-inch wide strip from the table runner and sewed it lengthwise, creating a long tube. After turning the tube to the right side, I simply sewed the tube to the shirt’s hem. Because the T-shirt is knit and won’t fray, I didn’t bother making a new hem and covered the raw edge with the tube. Before trying on the shirt, I slimmed down the sleeves. I love the new look of the shirt — it’s simple but super cute. I love the pop of color on the hem, and the sleeves are perfectly slim.


But a few questions kind of nagged me. “Is this kind of plain?”  “Does the shirt need something more?” If I added matching bias to the sleeves would that be too much? Way too cutesy? What about a matching pan collar? Too much? Should I do something the collar? Argh! So many questions, and no answers! I’ll wear the shirt a couple of times and hope inspiration hits me. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please share in the comment section. Thanks!



  2. That table runner is bright and vibrant and adds POP to the shirt. I was thinking of that bright colour at the shoulders – cap sleeves instead of or over top the purple ones. You could make cap sleeves and tack them on until you see if they speak to you. Or a strip between the shoulders and sleeves. Then again (or as well?) maybe along the bottom edge of the sleeves. What about a V in the back; the point could go up or down.
    Whatever you decide, let me know OK?

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