I wish I had taken before photos of these, but I am hasty and I get too excited. I've discovered knit ribbing! I'm not very good at using it yet, but I decided to sacrifice a few shirts to practice with. Please do not scrutinize, they are very un-Virgo with lots of flaws. Whatever - I'm learning.
This used to be a turtleneck. I liked the stripiness of it, but couldn't justify wearing it when the weather was nice (which is has NOT been in like 2 years - boo, San Francisco!). But anyway, here's how I refashioned it:
This was a rather boring, ill-fitting shirt I got at the GAP for like $5. I had to take in the sides because it was frumpy (schlumpadinka, as we say 'round these parts), but that was a long time ago. Anyhow, still not loving it, I added this yellow ribbing. Mucho mejor. The yellow is a bit too lemony for my taste, but really, you can't please me - if it's not too boring it's too exciting. Though I am pleased with this shirt now and maybe now I'll wear it to places other than the gym.
And this old thing, well, I still wear it to work even though I had to cut the sleeves off (put a hole in it trying to pull up the sleeves). It worked as a 3/4 length sleeve shirt, but since it was pretty much garbage anyhow, I experimented with some colored cuffs. I think I just added a couple months to the life of this shirt. Nevermind that the cuffs are about 1/2" difference in length (awesome me!). And yes, I wear garbage to work.
And this, folks, is what I do with a surprise day off.