Friday, June 30, 2017

The Ellie T shirt - upcycle your way to more hip room!

I love a classic unisex t shirt but when the bust fits me, it is always too tight on my hips. Yes, I am a curvy girl with a waist one size under my bust, and hips two sizes larger than my waist. 

I wore them anyway for casual days and ended up frustrated as they bunched up on my waist, looking unattractive.  With summer coming I thought there has be something I can do. 

I've come up with a simple solution: The Ellie T shirt - upcycle your way to more hip room!

The hip room comes from the addition of a pleated panel in the lower back and a few other simple changes.  

The fit difference is dramatic.  Clothes that are too tight invariably make the wearer look heavier while garments that skim the figure without hugging make the wearer look slimmer and are far more flattering.  

If you have ever started or been tempted to start an upcycle sewing project then you've encountered the puzzle of working with 3-D garments rather than cutting from flat fold cloth. 

The Paganoonoo Ellie T Shirt instructions are available in a PDF version and hard copy.

Michelle, founder and owner of Paganoonoo is committed to every stitcher in the world try upcycling at least once, have a successful experience, and get hooked, adding upcycling to their sewing tool chest.  This is how Paganoonoo Patterns was born.Why upcycle?  Because fashion is over-abundant and ending up in landfills.  Michelle believes that as stitchers we have magical sewing skills that can transform "waste" garments into treasured and flattering fashions. 
As an added bonus, purchasing second hand garments is often quite a bit less expensive that purchasing flat fold cloth and some of the tough bits are already done, such as buttonholes, colors, collar stands. etc.

 Join her in sewing green!

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