But the fabric was a nice breathable cotton, perfect for Texas. This men's wardrobe staple is destined to become a woman's wardrobe staple - with just a few tweaks!
I started by cutting off the sleeves.
Next I put my shirt on inside out (I really need a dressform!) and pinned some long darts, straight up each side and curving at the bust toward the armhole. And as luck would have (yeah, okay I planned it that way), the little stain got caught up in the dart and disappeared as if by magic!
After sewing the front darts, I flipped the shirt over to take in the back too. I used the shoulder pleats as a starting point and just went straight down, taking in a bit more at the waist and tapering off completely as I approached the bottom hem.
Then I hemmed the raw edges around my armholes.
Unfortunately, when I tried it on, it became obvious this was not working out as planned.
Not to fret! I know how to fix this. I picked out my armhole hems and lay the shirt out with the back nice and flat. Then I cut out a chunk of fabric, probably about four inches, from the upper back, right where the back yoke ends.
Then I reattached the abbreviated yoke to the abbreviated back panel and tada! It's as if nothing happened!
Now the only dilemma is: do I wear it with or without a belt?
Or maybe tucked in with shorts and sneakers for a more casual look?
And check out those darts!