Last month I shared a sailor collar T-shirt idea as part of my regular Refashion Friday feature which was created from a secondhand T-shirt and men's button-up shirt. As you may have noticed, I'm a big fan of nautical style garments, and I found it impossible to resist the urge to make myself one too.
I set to work making a short sleeved version that used a blue men's shirt with subtle red stripes for the collar. But it was bugging me for ages what exactly the finished garment was reminding me of. Finally I figured it out:
The Japanese manga cartoon franchise, Sailor Moon! That's it! I'd inadvertently made a real-life, grown-up version of the main character's signature outfit. How did that happen?!
The town I grew up in had one of those shops that sells all sorts of Chinese mass-produced plastic stuff, and often stocked knock-offs of official products or goods that were incorrect or damaged in some way. I can't really remember the exact circumstances, but when we were in our late teens, my friend Anna had a plastic figurine of the magical princess bought from that shop because Anna is really tall with blue eyes and at the time and had the same super-long blonde hair. Hmm, maybe I should send her this top and get her to bleach her (now brunette) hair back to blonde and send her off to fight evil with her magical powers!