I'm on a clothing repurposing kick at the moment and finally made something for myself. Here's a new shirt for me from aÂ lightweight button-down men's shirt. I found the tutorial here at Jezze via whip up. Basically you cut off the collar and the sleeves, make a big pleat in the back and some little ones in the front to gather in the material to fit your frame, and add elastic at the sleeves.
I may make some more for this summer of the growing belly –Â there's plenty of room in these large men's shirts and they're better for protecting my skin than the tank tops I usually wear all summer. Also, IÂ love how they look — kind of old fashioned — and can wear them after the pregnancy.
I followed Jesse's instructions for the most part but used six pleats in the front instead of four, making the pleats shorter because of the pocket. And in the back I sewed the back pleat down the entire way, rather than just at the very bottom. Also I squared off the bottom of the shirt because I like that look better than the tails in the front and back.
Other things I've been doing lately — eating yummy chocolate some friends sent me, making carrot cake cookies, trying to eat healthy despite the above two items, and gardening in short spurts (I'm getting tired much quicker than I usually do).