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sewing an "A-shirt" or camisole from an unwanted T-shirt

 
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Ladies camisoles are usually expensive and full of artificial fiber bits. Cotton T-shirts are too much for me to wear under the button shirts that I normally wear all summer to keep the sun off me. One day a friend gave me the pink shirt in the first picture and it's really comfortable and does exactly what I wanted. Then I got the idea of cutting up some T-shirts in the back of my drawer to make my own. I use the pink one as a pattern, drawing a seam allowance, then cut it out.
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I use a "darning" stitch on my machine which is like a zig-zab, except with extra stitches inside each zig and zag.
 
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There are a couple of books called "Generation T" which have a bunch of patterns and ideas around re-using T-shirts.  All manner of other clothes, bags, accessories, etc.  The beauty of T-shirt fabric is that it does not easily fray along a cut edge, so a lot of things can be done with no sewing at all, but only cutting and perhaps tying together long strips or ends.  At various farms I have been on, it was common for women to make halter tops and tank tops out of T-shirts this way.
 
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@ Alder - thanks for the reference. My local library has a copy and I'll request it once I'm through the book I'm already reading!
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