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Topic: Can someone tell me if my RECON idea will work?  (Read 823 times)
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« on: June 22, 2012 08:34:13 AM »

I have very little sewing experience, but I love the idea of reconstructing clothes...I always have, but I get these ideas, and I'm just not sure if it will work, so I chicken out.

Here's what I'm wanting to try, I've seen several people have reconned tees to add a strip of fabric along the sides, but I want to cut a T-shirt up both sides and sew a wedge shape of fabric onto each side to make it an A-line (and to make it bigger around the stomach area).  Will this work?  I keep trying to imagine how it will look, and I have this horrible image that it will be awful, and I will have ruined 2 perfectly wearable shirts to try it.

Has someone tried this?  Can you share pics?  Tuts?
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012 11:38:24 AM »

I think it should work just fine.  If you're worried about ruining two good shirts, you can start by buying a couple of super cheap shirts from the thrift store and try your idea on those to see how it works.

« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2012 03:27:19 PM »

Grab some t-shirts destined for the dust bin, arm yourself with scissors and sewing supplies and have at it-freestyle. When you're done throw it in the cleaning rag pile. No harm , no foul and a perfect way to get some practice and build up your creative confidence.
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2012 05:49:42 PM »

I think it should work fine. If you're worried about destroying the shirt, instead of snipping off any fabric from the shirt itself you could just undo the side seams. run a basting stitch or pin the wedges in place to see what they look like before you go ahead and trim the fabric?
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