Sunday, June 12, 2011

The evolution of t-shirts

Maybe I should say "evolution of the middle-aged body" instead.

T-shirts are a staple for any woman who has to do any dirty work, but a few years ago when I caught a glimpse of myself in a standard t-shirt as I passed a mirror, it seemed quite obvious they didn't fit me like they did when I was 116 pounds and stick thin, rowing for crew in college.

The collar now looked harsh and tight. The shirt itself was now too long. It hit the hips (I didn't HAVE hips in college) and hitched around unevenly. The hemmed arms looked too square on a figure that was, quite frankly, square itself.

I discovered a pair of scissors easily turned a t-shirt into something I could wear comfortably again. I just cut a good four inches off the bottom, cut off the hem on the arms, and more carefully cut the ribbed trim off the neck.

The arms and bottom will roll up about another half inch in the wash, and will look even, even if you weren't exact in your trimming. The neck on most t-shirts has double-stitching, so if you just cut between the stitching, the neck will still look "finished" but will have a more relaxed and feminine look.

It's not a big change, but it's just enough.

It's still pouring out, so all my outdoor tasks are on hold. I have instead decided to clean house, take new photos of the adoptable cats, and get some email done as well. I may as well share as I go.


Lexus said...

Yeah - I know. I have trimmed the t-shirt lately. But came out fairly good. I have gone from a slightly baggy large to a small that fits well. I am proud to be in this size now. Good luck - can't imagine you are any larger!!!

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