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MissJessica
« on: May 30, 2009 08:16:15 AM »

Here a few recent t-shirt recons.

The first is a two-become-one project:


As you can see, my favorite horsey shirt had become very rotten in the armpits. This is a constant problem with cheap t-shirts, but it means I get to do a lot of t-shirt recons. Yey! The yellow shirt was just too short. Here is how it turned out:


The next one is more elaborate than my usual attempts.


Sorry for the cheesy poses. The light blue tee came from a high school robotics competition in which some of my students participated. I liked the design but it was just too boxy. (Their robot's name was Scrappy.)

The neckline and sleeves on this tee dress are far from perfect, but I did spend a lot of time problem solving, and I'm happy with how it turned out. I wish I'd off set the bodice and waistline with the red or the dark blue. Here's a shot of the neckline in my filthy mirror (sorry):

The other parts of the dress were leftovers from another recon I did for Valentine's Day:


Polka dot shirt (with rotten armpits) and red long sleeve boxy shirt from Target.
Here's an action shot at a conference in Chicago. (On Valentine's Day. Much colder than today.) Yey free books!


Thanks for looking! T-shirts are amongst my favorite recon projects.
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2009 08:58:34 AM »

what great recons!
great work Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2009 09:00:25 AM »

I love the first one the most, but these are all awesome. I can't wait to learn how to sew. You're quite pretty, btw.
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2009 09:10:07 AM »

love them all , specially the last one it totally rocks, doncha just hate it when the armpits go in t's
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2009 09:13:02 AM »

they all look great! i think the last one might be my favorite, which is surprising since i'm not a big hearts/pink kinda gal. it looks great on you though
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2009 09:50:11 AM »

Thanks everyone!
I love the first one the most, but these are all awesome. I can't wait to learn how to sew. You're quite pretty, btw.
Especially thanks to you <3
Craftster folks are so encouraging. I'm off to go tackle more tees, because honestly, yes, almost all of my armpits are rotten. I may need stronger deodorant.
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2009 10:31:27 AM »

All the outfits are awesome and so cute!  I really love the dress, and I'm impressed with your finishing technique - the colored bindings look really nice.  Whenever I cut tshirts into strips like that, they just stretch like crazy.  Do you use a serger or some kind of stabilizer?  Anyway, you look great in your shirts, thanks for sharing! 
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2009 10:38:48 AM »

All the outfits are awesome and so cute!  I really love the dress, and I'm impressed with your finishing technique - the colored bindings look really nice.  Whenever I cut tshirts into strips like that, they just stretch like crazy.  Do you use a serger or some kind of stabilizer?  Anyway, you look great in your shirts, thanks for sharing! 

First of all, thank you. Second of all, I know what you mean about the stretching. I don't have a serger. I use a stretch stitch setting on my sewing machine (I think regular stitch works too.) I stretch both fabrics a little bit when sewing. It's more like just holding them taut, so that when they're not stretched, the stitches hold it in tighter but it can still stretch when you put it on. When I make the bindings, I cut the length I want but fold the width in half. So the bindings are actually folded side out, so it's double layered. Does this make sense?
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2009 12:18:02 PM »

Does this make sense?

I think so, thanks!  I'll have to give it a try, I love the finished look of your stuff.  Awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2009 01:08:50 PM »

They all look amazing but I have to say I really like that blue dress t-shirt. The neckline is super pretty and flattering. Not like some unwearable t-shirt recons I've seen.
Very good work!
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