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September 14, 2006

Tshirt Surgery!

Filed under: life — letslucky @ 11:53 am

I have great fondness for piles of rags. Specifically, for remaking them into special unique things, preferably things I can wear.Take the simple Tshirt. OK, take a couple dozen Tshirts, in varying degrees of fading and age, in a wide range of colors, in designs from blank to hand-lettered to weirdass Russian toothpaste ads.

You think this looks like what’s left over after a yard sale. I think it looks like some fun new clothes. And there are others who think the way I do — lots of books are coming out lately, like 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim, and Tie Your T-Shirt into Something Special or Tease, but my favorite is Generation T. That’s the book that inspired me to throw a Tee Party, in which Tshirts were disassembled and rearranged into some fun new clothes.

It was pretty easy too, and doing it in a group was lots more fun and inspiring than having these projects in my mending pile. When things seemed to go wrong, someone was there to suggest a workaround. When the color choices didn’t mesh, someone would pick a different color to make everything work out. Plus we consumed tea and things that start with T, like Toast, Turning Leaf wine and Teddy Grahams.

Anyway, in the span of a few hours and a minimum of cursing, I made three skirts, one almost-finished shirt, and one barely-started shirt. Here’s the evidence.

The summary: FUN.

Circle Tee Skirt

Circle Tee Skirt

Godet Tee Skirt

Godet Tee Skirt

Lace-trimmed Tee Skirt

Lace-trimmed Tee Skirt

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1 Comment »

  1. these are awesome! It looks like you found some pretty great shirts to use as fodder, too.

    Comment by alchemist — September 19, 2006 @ 5:44 pm


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