I'm a huge fan of Japanese craft books in that though I can't read a word of what is written, the illustrations and photos are so easy to follow that I can make anything in them. This 'ible is written in that same vein, I hope the photo's are enough for you to follow without even reading the text, though it's there is you need it.
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Step 1: Supplies
2 Safety Pins
1/4 inch wide elastic, about 25 inches
Step 2: Measuring the Shirt
I am medium sized, I measured from where I wanted the shirt to begin, to how long I wanted it to hang - that was about 18.5 inches. So I cut the pillow case 20 inches long. Next I measured around my upper body under my arms with the elastic and made sure it was snug but not tight. That came to 24.5 inches. Add a half inch to that for the sewing of the elastic together.
Step 3: Measuring the Straps
Step 4: Turn your pillowcase inside out
If you want to simply sew a channel for the elastic to run through that is fine but if you run two rows of stitching you will have a nice "gather" on the top.
Step 5: Sew the channel for the elastic
Give or take an inch and a half for your folded over fabric, there are no rules here, do what looks good to you. Note that this seam is on the inside of the soon-to-be-shirt.
Step 6: Preparing to insert the elastic
In this step I simply used my seam ripper to open up the side seam from the pillow case to insert the elastic with a safety pin attached to help to thread it all around the channel. The safety pin helps you know where the elastic is as you are pushing it along.
Step 7: Inserting the Elastic
All this is a lot more complicated to write about than to do.
Step 8: Straps
I determined that the straps should be centered 5 inches from either side of the mid point of the front. I tried sewing them on to the front so they showed but ended up hiding them behind as I think they look better. You are welcome to try sewing from the front and maybe putting on a button for decoration. Actually you are welcome to do anything you want, as long as you don't bother anyone while doing it.
Step 9: Topstitching
Topstitcthing is just sewing a small border along the edge of something, it helps to flatten the fabric and it looks nice.
Step 10: You're Done
This took about 30 minutes to make, I made one the day before to get everything just right so the second one was pretty fast and easy. I wore it all day, to the the grocery store, walked the wiener dog, made dinner, wrote this 'ible. I have a few more pillow cases, so I am going to make more, the next one might have slightly longer straps to be a bit less modest... Hey, play around, that is what the seam ripper is for.
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