Look up "Willy Nilly" in the dictionary, this is what you will find:
something that is by compulsion or without choice;
something that is done in an unplanned or haphazard fashion.
So when I thought about this t-shirt refashion, all that came to mind was to go at it "Willy Nilly".
So with no real plan, I cut off the sleeves, opened them up and cut them into several long strips. The picture below shows where I made the cuts; I didn't actually draw the lines, I just guesstimated the width of each one. I used both sleeves to make the strips.
Then I sewed one strip "Willy Nilly" and the rest followed.
I also used two different colored threads instead on one.
|These are thread spools that I inherited from my grama many years ago.|
I just threaded my machine as I normally do, pulled two threads through the eye of the needle and sewed as usual.
I also used a different color for my bobbin thread.
So really, I used three different colored threads.
As for the "ruffles", I just gathered as I sewed...no pins or premaking ruffles...
again, just "Willy Nilly".
Then, I sewed down all the ruffles.
See how the stitches look with the double thread? I love how it looks.
My husband double-dog-dared me to add this blurred picture of him while I was trying to get a good shot of the ruffles that I sewed onto the sleeves. Here you go babe...
Sometimes the best things in life just come at you "Willy Nilly"...