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« on: March 10, 2015 07:16:18 PM »

Hello lovelies!

A couple weeks back I did a five-day t-shirt reconstruction series on my blog. Basically I wanted to put together everything I know about reconstructing t-shirts into one place, and I spent a whole weekend making six recons.

I'd love to get your feedback on the series, but in case you're not interested in that, here are the t-shirt recons I did. I'm afraid I don't have before pictures, but all of these were large or extra-large t-shirts to begin with.

For this one, I removed the sleeves, resized the shirt, shortened it, cut a scoop neck, and reattached the sleeves as cap sleeves and made a ruffle for the neckline.

This is a basic tube top - I cut across the top and hemmed it, resized the t-shirt so it fit snugly, and added a lace edging.

For this one, I just cut away the sleeves and the collar, then cut strips into the sides of the shirt and tied them together for a no-sew recon.

This shirt was actually my biggest failure of the weekend, but I included it in the blog anyway. For the braided straps, I just cut away the sleeves and cut a scoop into the neckline, then cut across the shoulder seams and then cut each shoulder section into 3 strips for braiding. I loved the "resizing" part because instead of resizing the whole shirt, I just cut away the bottom six inches, resized THAT to fit, and reattached it to the bottom, pleating the torso of the shirt to fit, so it gives sort of a drop-waist look. But I hated the addition of the dimensional fabric paint to the logo, which was a light blue when I started. I'll figure out how to use dimensional paint one of these days!

This one was resized by running a seam from the bottom of the shirt all the way to the end of the sleeves - no removing the sleeves and reattaching them - then cutting a v-neck into the front and adding some jeweled embellishments in a necklace pattern.

Finally, my very favorite one! After resizing the gray shirt, I used another navy blue shirt to add panels to the sleeves, the torso, and even a hood! I wore this shirt for days. It's so comfy and awesome!!

Anyway, it was a busy weekend and it took a while to recover, and also to clean up the mess. Smiley

Hope you guys like them!
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2015 08:02:10 PM »

These are very cute! The last one is my favorite too.


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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2015 01:46:17 AM »

Such great recons. Great crafty ideas.
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2015 08:47:49 AM »


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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2015 08:48:10 AM »

Great job - I love recons. My favourite is the grey one with the embellishments. But the rest are very good, too.

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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2015 09:22:29 AM »

Great job! I love the one you cut a v-neck into and the one with side lace detail. What a fun idea!

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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2015 06:34:04 PM »

Thanks for sharing!  I went to your blog to check out the "resizing" post.  Good pics and great ideas!
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