Yep, I’m mixing eras! Oops! I found a t-shirt with meaning to me at Goodwill, and it happened to be in lavender and thus be perfect for half mourning. Hurrah! But wait, it doesn’t fit…
However, upon consideration, I realized it would be perfect if I expanded it by adding panels to the side seams. I then found some silk in my stash that matched the color palette!
In the mourning traditions of the 19th century, people wore all black right after a loss, then transitioned to black with some white accents, and then to lavender and gray in the 3rd stage. Each type of loss had its own timeline, also based on how you were related to the deceased, but the color progression seems to have been culturally used in the Western world for much of the century.
This is part one because I have yet to assemble the pieces, but my sewing machine is getting serviced… I hope to show you the finished product soon.
– Type: Shirt/Top
– Date made: September 2016
– Pattern: None
– Fabric/Materials: A T-shirt and 2 silk camisoles from Goodwill
– Trim: Silk accents from the camisoles
– Time to finish: Several days, off and on
|The original t-shirt from Goodwill, polyester, size XS.|
|An interesting detail from the original shirt: an inset panel running down the length of the back, and a horizontal line of accent stitching. I decided to use the panel in my design as well.|
|Sorry, I hadn’t ironed these yet when I took the picture. They are silk camisoles I found at Goodwill years ago, thinking that of course I would find a use for the silk! They are much to small for me to wear.|
|The first step is taking out the side seams.|
|Ironed and disassembled. They had nice french seams, almost made me feel bad taking them apart! Also, it took forever.|
Most sincerely yours,