Today’s post is going to be a quickie (but hopefully it’ll be helpful!).
I apologize in advance for the many color variations in the following photos. Who knew green was so hard to photograph?? It confuses my camera mightily.
So, Lisey had this long-sleeved hand-me-down shirt, and somehow, a hole happened in the sleeve area.
I’m always conflicted when I have things like this. I can’t donate them, because no one would buy them at Goodwill, and because I hate to throw things away, I usually try to think of some sort of fix or alternate use.
I’m embarrassed to say that this shirt sat in my, “I don’t know what to do with this” pile for a long, long, time before I had a revelation.
A long-sleeved shirt can be made into a short-sleeved shirt.
So I laid one of Sonia’s short sleeved shirts on top of the long sleeved shirt (I put this off for so long, the shirt is now Sonia’s size, not Lisey’s!).
And I just cut the sleeves right off.
If this were a woven shirt, I’d have to hem the new sleeves to prevent fraying, but for some strange reason, knit fabrics don’t fray.
After a quick trip through the washer and dryer, the new sleeve edges are curling up just like I’d hoped they would.
Excellent. I love it when I don’t have to hem.
Of course, if you prefer to do things all proper-like, you could definitely iron the edges under and do a real hem, or you could do a lettuce-style hem if you wanted a ruffly edge.
This is good enough for me, though, and I’m pleased that this shirt will be play clothes instead of trash. Yay!
Today’s 365 post: She really is mine.
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