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Topic: I saved my Tee shirt! Fleur de lis stitching, paint, and fabric re-con.  (Read 8650 times)
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« on: October 22, 2007 09:27:59 PM »

Sometimes you have a tee that fits well, is all broken in, and you just don't want to toss it.  Or, you are too broke to buy a new one!  So, be green, and fix that sucker.
Here's a sneak peek:


I started with a white tee, tossed in with a load of blue-green dye for another project.  Uh-Oh!  STAINS that weren't visible when the shirt was white, magically appear!

Shirt looked like this before:


So, I had luckily thrown in a piece of an old curtain with a fleur de lis motif with the same dye.  I cut a piece out, randomly shaping it and matching it over the stains.

I used fusible webbing to iron it to the tee to tack it in place.


Then, I got out the acrylic paint and some fabric medium, and the paintbrushes, and added a faded spiral design, lightly to incorporate the entire design, with a large fleur de lis at the top. I used a muted teal paint, and a bit of silver sparkle fabric paint too, just to hightlight.


Back to the sewing machine...after the paint dried, I just randomly stitched the fabric down, catching most of the edges about 1/4" from the raw edge.  I just kind of zig zagged around all randomly, till it seemed about 'done'.
up close (kind of) shot:


Here's the tee:

I snipped around the edges of the piece a bit, and know it will fray even more in the wash (which is good).

I think I saved it.

Opinions?  Am I a total dork and everyone will laugh?

I like it.
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2007 09:47:48 PM »

I think that looks awesome! Cheesy

I've seen mass-mech things that have a similar look so I don't think you'll be laughed at at all.
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2007 09:50:12 PM »

i love your design! 
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2007 10:02:58 PM »

what a great way to save your favorite tee and make it even more interesting!

just think - if it hadn't had those stains show up, you would be walking around in a plain old dyed tee instead of a designed original!  Grin

great job and it is definitely not laughable, and what the heck is wrong with being a dork when you can look good while you do it? eh? eh?

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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2007 10:31:10 PM »

i absolutely love this design! 
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2007 10:39:47 PM »

looks very good.
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2007 01:00:53 AM »

Great job, it's fantastic Grin
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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2007 02:02:32 AM »

Beautiful! I think your shirt looks better now, and also brand new!
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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2007 03:37:35 AM »

I hit the 'this rocks' button for this one!

I spend extra for those darn shirts with the layered patterns!
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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2007 04:16:13 AM »

That's awesome OY!  It looks great on you.  I may have to try that on some of my t's.  I've lost weight recently and want to cut them down a bit.  Thanks for sharing!!
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