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Topic: The Great T-Shirt Renovation, Phase 1  (Read 12146 times)
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« on: September 08, 2009 04:17:20 PM »

Hi! I haven't posted to craftster all summer, and it hurts. Part of my lack of sewing stemmed from a surprise move in mid-July (summary: my boyfriend and I were renting a house from our friend, our friend turned into kind of a slum lord, his house went into foreclosure, we went out apartment hunting on a whim and fell in love). Anyway, once I realized school was about to start, I burst into a frenzy of sewing activity. I wanted to get some back to school clothes lined up and also to bust through my t-shirt stash.

I have an entire box full of t-shirts that are either worn out, stretched out, pitted out, or otherwise just boring. I realized I needed to address this box because, while it is full, I can't buy any other t-shirts to hack apart! So all last weekend I burned through two t-shirt altering books from the library (T-Shirt Makeovers by Sistahs of Harlem and Generation T: Beyond Fashion by Megan Nicolay, the sequel to Generation T) and made SIX shirts so far. Here's a group shot:

First up is my Moulin Rouge t-shirt from Paris, which I made into a wrap shirt:

Then I got to fix one of my favorite old shirts into the "Elizabeth." It says, "Life is a Garden: Dig it." I'm trying to show the petal sleeves and curved hem. You can wear it with the shoulders up too, but I felt like a ballerina with the off the shoulder look.

Now, I love my dad, but he always buys me souvenir t-shirts in size XL because that's what I liked when I was 13. However, once I learned to sew, I appreciated the shirts even more because I got to make them into cute stuff! This Hard Rock Montreal shirt was shown like the top pic in the book, but I prefer it like the bottom pic. I don't feel so choked and I like the distortion of the circle. It has looooong ties that you can wrap a bunch of different ways:

Speaking of tying in different ways, here is my cherished Ani Difranco t-shirt recast in the "Rotation Station." Basically the t-shirt becomes a trapezoid shape with a casing in the front and back for a drawstring. If you wear it so the sleeve holes are in front, you get a v-neck. I ended up having to cut some of the words, so I saved the first part of the quote to make a choker/ bracelet/ scrunchie accessory. I probably won't wear it like that too often but I couldn't waste it:

This one was a fairly simple twist of the shoulder strap. The book recommended leaving 4'' for the strap and I think that would look better, this one's a little skimpy. I added the black band on the bottom because most t-shirts are too short for me. (Sorry about the face, it was getting pretty late at night and I was sewing too furiously to take better photos):

And, last but not least, here is my new Care Bears shrug. I'm happy about this one because I bought this shirt at Goodwill even though I knew it would never fit me. (It says, "This is my lucky t-shirt.) Now it's nice and comfy and soft, for a perfect layer:

Lucky indeed. Whew! I have several more t-shirts to whip into shape so look for future installments of this ongoing saga. Thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2009 05:02:52 PM »

Wow, that is a ton of work!  I'm impressed! 

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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2009 06:01:48 PM »

Awesome recons!!! I especially love the care bear one:) What book is that one out of?
Making a choker out of the extra words from the Ani Difranco shirt is such a creative idea!

Can't wait to see what you post next...


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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2009 06:08:23 PM »

Fabulous recons!  I think I love them all - and will be tracking down those books!  Thanks!

« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2009 06:32:37 PM »

Thanks everyone! The shrug (as well as the Ani Difranco convertible tee, the wrap shirt and the light blue twisted tank top) is from the Generation T Beyond Fashion book, but they have plenty of fashion in there in addition to other projects using t-shirts. The petal sleeve and the Hard Rock are from the T-shirt Makeovers book.
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2009 11:34:21 PM »

the 4th, black one looks a bit like the le sac- only as a top
i also love the care bear one Grin

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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2009 06:16:54 AM »

U R very talented.Great work.
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2009 11:23:29 AM »

Wow a lot of good ones. Smiley  I like how you can change the look of most of them Smiley


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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2009 07:44:33 PM »

Nice job, I love the carebears shrug the best!

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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2009 08:43:53 PM »

i love them all, but i think my favorite is the hard rock one!  great job

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