Inspired by this, I did a quick revamp on a ghastly-fitting J. Crew linen tee:
Behold the before. See how it does nothing for me?
I just stitched on a bit of lovely gold trim at the top of the pocket, and to make the most of the ample, drapey fabric, I cut and sewed a curved hem (something I can't stop doing, as you'll soon see). The new shape gives the fabric some much-needed swing.
This is the type of low-commitment, high-satisfaction project I'm going to try to do more of from now on. When I first learned to sew, I became characteristically wild-eyed. Hell yeah, why would I buy a trench coat when I could just make one? Heh! After some notable failures in the early days, I've accepted this fact: I just don't have the patience to produce, from scratch, a garment that I would actually want to wear. I give couturiers serious props, but I'm happy to leave the heavy stuff to the pros.
But still, I need to make things. I like sewing, just not for hours at a time. And this is where a project like this one is such a treat: no fretting about precision, no grand technique. Just a bit of hand-sewing and an easy hem, neat and simple, the way I like it.