As I've previously mentioned, Monday next week Mr M and I go away on a trip for his birthday. I've had to let him in on as to where as I needed his help with the logistics, and so now I can say it here, too. We're going to Cap Ferret on the south west coast of France and I couldn't be more excited!
The Cap Ferret peninsula takes up the length of the Atlantic Ocean side of the Arcachon Bay, just to the south west of Bordeaux. It's the oyster farming capital of the country and until les Parisiens found out about its beauty and serenity and forged it into a trendy sea-side resort it was only inhabited by fishermen. Even now, fishing is the town's largest activity and every restaurant and cafe that adorn the Cap serve up fresh sea produce that was plucked from the waters of the bay that morning.
No trip to the seaside is complete without a sailor-stripe tee, so I put together this super easy DIY striped shirt to pack, to add to my collection as I have way too many as it is.
Super Simple Sailor Stripe Shirt
+ Tapered sponge
+ Blue textile paint
+ Masking tape, about 3cms wide
+ 1 garbage bag
+ a disposable surface, such as newspaper
1. Lay the tee flat on the work surface.
2. Cut the base off the garbage bag so it flattens out and push up inside the tee making sure it reaches both sides and lies flat.
3. With the masking tape cover the bottom of the tee, taping over the stitches on the hem and secure to the work surface. Ensure the sides lie flat.
4. Tear off two small pieces of masking tape of about ten centimetres in length and place on either side of the tee, above the long strip of masking tape closely touching.
5. Above those place a strip of masking tape the width of the tee. Repeat up the shirt until you reach the arm pits and cover them with masking tape. Ensure that the edges of the masking tape has stuck to the tee properly or you'll make a curvy blob like I did!
7. Once completing a stripe, carefully remove the tape at the top before going onto the next stripe. Continue until you have painted the whole tee. Then remove the masking tape covering the hem.
Now you're set for a jaunt to the sea side. Just don't forget the fishing rods!