In my ever-growing remnant stash is this super-soft cotton stripe I used three years ago (to the month) to make lounging pajama pants (see below).
Those pants have since worn out but I still had some fabric left.
The remnant seemed like enough for a short-sleeve shirt, but it wasn't until I'd cut the right and left fronts that I realized that I would only have enough for the back and sleeves if I pieced together the remaining scraps.
So I started piecing.
Here's the back. You may not be able to tell, but this was put together by attaching three separate long pieces, none of which was wide enough by itself.
While the right sleeve is cut from one piece....
...the left sleeve is cut from three pieces combined.
The biggest problem with this shirt is actually the way the stripes look in front, which had nothing to do with lack of fabric, but rather with forgetting that the left button placket laps over the right. There seems to be a blue stripe needed dead center -- or am I finding fault where there isn't any?
Anyway, I cut a blue striped strip off the front right facing (which is now roughly 5/8" narrower but still sufficiently wide), and I may stitch that onto the left button placket.
All I have left now are tiny scraps. I'll probably just add a collar band to the shirt -- I should have enough for that -- and call it a day.
Readers, have you ever sought to squeeze a garment out of some remnant you had lying around for years and pulled your hair out trying to make it work? It's a hassle, right?
And speaking of hair and hassles -- my latest second-hand clippers, which seemed to work when I plugged them in two weeks ago, now just hum faintly when I turn them on; I never even got to cut my hair with them. So yesterday I finally broke down and bought myself a brand new pair. Which means I now own FOURpair of non-working Oster hair clippers.
Where does one learn how to repair those things? It may be time to buy a soldering iron.
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