On Wednesday I showed you the Anthropologie sweatshirt that inspired me:

Now, while I liked this sweatshirt, there were a lot of things about it that I didn’t like: the color, the weight of the fabric (too thin; I’m always cold), the fabric itself (it felt like polyester might have been involved). When we got home, I set out to find a heavier, thicker sweatshirt. Alas, there were none in 100% cotton, and that’s what I wanted to work with here. I hunted around and finally found this cotton long-sleeved t-shirt, new, for less than $10. My original idea had already begun to morph.

I cut it off:

Cut the hemmed band off the bottom of the cut-off piece and re-attached it:

Added stitching:

Removed the neck and created a band from the cut-off fabric:

I did the same with the sleeves, and voilå:

You can see more details on at The Voodoo Cafe, here, here, and here.

What’s cool about this is that I got an idea for something I liked and then let the idea percolate for a while. By the time I got around to working on the project, there was only a little of the original left: the over-sized shape and the cropped fit. Since I started this, I have found a heavy, soft gray sweatshirt and started working on it, but by now I’m no longer interested in a straight-across hem, and I’m completely intrigued by the idea of adding the cut-off hems of t-shirts to other garments–I bought a bunch of those at Goodwill on Sunday for 79 cents each, so I’ve got lots of raw material to work with.

The cool thing about all this is that inspiration is just the very, very first step in a process that isn’t even a process, it’s so amorphous. You have no idea where it will go, and often, by the time you’re finished, nobody but you would even be able to see how one thing led to another. I love that! I’m going to try to remember to take photos or find images or even do rough sketches of the things that inspire ideas so I can go back later and try to pick apart the thread of inspiration. What sparked this idea? And what made you think of that change? How did you come up with that part over there? What happens from there is amazing.

Stay tuned–I have no idea where this is going, but I’m having a lot of fun along the way~~


Ricë also blogs at The Voodoo Cafe.


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One Response to Inspiration

  1. Tonia Davenport says:

    I love how this came out!