hello! this is my first time posting on this forum, however i have been lurking around and admiring all of your beautiful creations over the past few days... i'm really interested in clothing reconstruction, so i thought i would try to get started by trying out t-shirt surgery on some club t-shirts i've collected over the years on campus that are too huge. i've been looking over some good tutorials at whatthecraft and i want to try the surplice top (http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/surp.htm) but since that's a little more advanced, i'll probably try out something simpler first. i'm not sure what yet though.
i have never made my own clothes and i don't have hardly any sewing experience, but a couple years ago i did made a small denim purse with a lining out of an old pair of jeans. it turned out ok, but it was pretty sloppy because i rushed through it. i used the back pockets on the outside of the purse and the waistband/button for the purse closure. i also made some little pockets on the inside lining. it's sorta cute, i think, but could have been better.
the front of the purse. as you can see, the straps look kind of rough and poorly hemmed:
back of the purse:
front detail of button closure and the shiny flower patch i ironed on:
inside lining and pockets detail:
at the time i borrowed a sewing machine from a friend's mom, but i no longer have access to it. i would like to ask for a machine for my birthday in a couple months, but i'll be on the lookout for one in the meantime at garage sales and thrift stores.
sooo... since i am really anxious to get to it right away, i was wondering if i could have some tips for getting started with sewing by hand. some specific questions i have:
-besides needles, thread, pins, and measuring tape, what other supplies will i need to get started? (i'm sure there's a lot, i don't have anything right now except a pair of scissors.)
-is there a specific type of thread and needles i should purchase for use on t-shirt material?
-what kind of stitches are best for seams and hems?
-what would you recommend for an easy first-timer project for a big t-shirt?
thanks for your help!