Weekends are meant for lounging. Well, wait. Who am I kidding? I firmly believe that every day is meant for lounging. As such, I have a new, absolutely favorite comfy shirt that has been in heavy rotation since I made it back in the beginning of July. It’s the Blank Slate Patterns Juniper Jersey!
I’ve been plagued with knits that pill lately, so I thought using some fabric from a men’s RTW shirt might be a good option. Is it just me or do men’s RTW clothes just seem to be made out of studier fabrics? Anyways, I upcycled two super soft men’s XXL t-shirts I found at Target and I’m quite pleased to say the fabric is holding up like a champ!
As part of the upcycle, I seam ripped out the neck band to reuse. I always have the hardest time finding ribbing fabric to match my fabric, so this was such a simple solution. I kind of feel like a genius on this one. Also, I was able to reuse the existing hems which was awesome since I never look forward to rethreading my serger with a coverstitch, even though it’s pretty simple.
I typically like my t-shirts to be loose, so instead of cutting the size Small that aligned with my measurements, I sized up to the Medium and used the X-Large length. With those modifications, I really love the fit of this shirt – it’s perfectly slouchy!
Based on some shirts in my Pinterest closet, I wanted to add a little something extra to the sleeves so I just cut apart the sleeve pattern piece and sewed in some additional bands of fabric. I really like how it turned out and I think it gives this shirt a sporty feel. Oh, after I made the shirt, I realized that Melissa had an easier way to add the arm bands. The tutorial is available on her blog here.
Overall, I’m thrilled with how this shirt turned out. It’s probably the most worn item in my closet right now and I think it’s the perfect t-shirt. But, I’d love to know… what t-shirt patterns are you loving right now? I’m thinking the free Grainline Hemlock Tee might be next in the queue…
Oh, and if you are interested in making the ribbon shoe laces that I’m wearing in these pictures, check out the tutorial HERE!
Top: Handmade (Blank Slate Patterns Juniper Jersey Pattern) // Jeans: Anthropologie (on sale!) // Shoes: Toms Desert Wedge Booties with DIY Ribbon Shoe Laces
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Blank Slate Patterns Sewing Team but, as always, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own.