A little bit ago, Lovely Lara had this post up. (scroll down to the bottom of the post for the relevant portion)
Man. Huzzah isn't the half of it.
I'm almost two decades older than she is, but I was a teenager in the '70s, and as such, that hippie-halter/ripped clothing style is indelibly ingrained into my being. When I saw her in that, it appealed to my sensibilities -- not for me, but for my daughter. I thought, (me = Yankee, remember?) what a great way to make use of those boxy, oversized t-shirts that she is given all the time for working or volunteering for various events on campus. Many of those big t-shirts get handed down to me, since I sleep in tees. She won't wear them past the event that she was required to wear them, because they're big and unfitted and unflattering to her. But they're FREE. (well, free but for the cost of tuition, which.....um. yeah. NOT. Details, details.)
We also have drawers and drawers full of other t-shirts that we've accumulated over the years, many of them at thrift shops, and they either go unworn, or I wear them as sleep shirts, or once in a while for gardening.
So in a fit of rampant, out-of-control consumerism, I impulsively logged on to Overstock.com and bought the book Lara mentions in her post. As she told me in an email, some of the stuff in there is great, some not. But that's true with every book, innit.
And most of it requires NO SEWING. Just cutting. Right up my alley. I have little patience for sewing. (although I'm now considering getting a sewing machine, to make more creations from, you guessed it....free t-shirts and other thrift-shop finds. I'm stopping to gnaw on this one for a while before actually making any rash purchases.)
And then the brutally hot weather descended upon the Nawth Country. I wanted to be completely unclothed, but since I have neighbors, that would not do. Perfect weather for a halter, even for a woman of a certain age.
You know I'm no Lara, but I gotta tell you, I've had tons of fun making these things, and the wearing is NICE for these awful days. It took almost no time to make this. I don't know how well it would hold up to machine washing. With some sewing reinforcement and embellishments like Lara used on the back of hers, they could be made more durable. But comfortable, comfortable, comfortable -- and modest enough -- in the sweltering heat. And did I mention, FREE? I have slept in and bummed around the house in this t-shirt for at least five years. I originally got it for free at a place we used to go to that unfortunately no longer exists. We'd get two garbage bags full of clothes for $2 or $3. I think I got my money's worth out of this t-shirt. After I saw this picture, I fixed up the back so it was aligned better and pulled in tighter.
It's like the one in the picture next to it, but I'll probably also make her one like mine, as well as some others. There's a whole pile of t-shirts spread out on the floor of her bedroom at the moment. I told her she could take the book to campus with her, where I'm sure it'll be a big hit. If the weather stays like this, when she first gets to campus late next week, it's going to be unbearably hot.
Every unbearably hot philosophy major should have one of these, don't you think?
The mnemonic contest is still open, until Friday at 6 p.m. Abigail says she loves your ideas. Leave your entries in the comments to that post, please. (Wednesday, August 2)