This summer I wanted a few simple tops to wear with my maxi skirts. Thrift stores were predominately closed in my area due to the coronavirus, and I’d failed miserably finding what I wanted online secondhand. I also couldn’t find any tunics online that weren’t rayon or another synthetic fabric which are not breathable. Now that we live in the south, cotton and linen are the only fabrics I can bear this time of year.
With a limited budget and minimal time to sew, my solution was modifying $1 tees from the dollar store that I purchased in a size 2XL or 3XL. I usually wear a size S or M depending upon how I want something to fit. I made three tunics just like what I’m sharing with you today, and they’ve been perfect for what I needed.
In My What & Why Concerning Modesty article, I shared that I was able to change my entire wardrobe without financial stress because God provided. As my convictions for dressing modestly have changed over the years and I needed to change something else, God provided again. There is often a fear of not being able to afford a complete wardrobe change. With everything going on right now it could also seem like a waste of money.
I’ve learned that whenever I’ve prayed for help to have any area of my life in alignment with God’s standards, He has supplied my need.
Sometimes it’s creativity to make what you need. Sometimes it’s just finding exactly what you are looking for at a very affordable price. Sometimes it’s an unexpected sum of money. This has also applied to internal qualities and behavioral changes. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.” 1 John 5:14 KJV
Now for this $1 tunic. I look for the largest size tee that I can find which will give me extra length for the sleeves and extra fabric overall to work with to create a nice a-line tunic. This project is also very easy because there are only two side seams needed. I leave the hems and neckline alone and only modify the overall shape of the top.
I actually trimmed in the side seams a bit more which is not shown in the pictures above, but you can see the overall idea. You can use a shape of a tee that you already have and like to be a guide for the width of your sleeves and bodice. I use a curved line for the armpits and draw an angled line to the bottom hem. Then sew the new side seams. It really is that simple.
The beauty of this project is that it is beyond affordable and if you are new to sewing this is very easy to do. Leaving the hems and neckline alone will guarantee a polished finished project without extra effort. Depending upon your height you may have to shorten the tunic, but it’s possible that you won’t. This is a very easy project to modify for little girls especially since modest clothing for girls isn’t easy to always find. Let me know if you try this.
I hope this will be of some encouragement for anyone who desires to transition to a modest wardrobe affordably and easily.
Image by Dawn Michelle