I have a bit of a v-neck tee problem. I love them. I collect them. But I always underestimate how much cleavage they show. They look awesome in the dressing room, but after a few hours and a tussle or two with the baby, the neckline is showing way more than I bargained for. I don't want to wear them with tanks underneath both because I hate how it looks, and because avoiding layering is my new goal.
I am just tickled pink with how this smocking refashion turned out.
I got the idea from a tee I scored on clearance at Anthropologie this winter. And it was both quick and relatively easy.
Click through for the full tutorial.
Marking Pen (I have this one)
Needle & Thread or Sewing Machine
Draw out your pattern for smocking (or find mine here). If you don't have any graph paper on hand, click here to print your own. Push ballpoint pen through your marks to create an opening.
Lay out pattern on shirt. Mark through the holes with marking pen.
Pin matching dots together. I used my sewing machine on a zig zag setting and zero stitch length at each marked spot. You can also tack together by hand using needle and thread. Repeat on other side of shirt.
Depending on how much smocking you did, the neck band may now be too large. I took mine in a bit at each shoulder seam and at the point of the V.
I love this pattern of smocking but am hoping to come up with a few more options because I have a sizable section of my closet dedicated to tees with too deep necklines.
Have you refashioned anything lately? Leave a link so we can all check it out!