Sunday, August 22, 2010

T-Shirt Refashion

Yesterday, I received a big box from Alicia stuffed full of super fun crafts to work on. I'm so excited to get going on all of them! This morning, I decided to sit down with the t-shirt refashion project she sent me.

At first, I felt completely out of my league - I've never sewn an adult sized piece of clothing, not even from a pattern! I wasn't sure I was going to have any idea what to do. But, I started sketching some ideas and then they just started tumbling in. It's so fun to run free with a project, without a "destination" in mind! With so many different ideas flying around, it felt a bit like listening to the make believe games my son and daughter play. They go something like this:

Her: Ok, pretend we're checking in to a hotel and going on vacation. Look at my pink suitcase - it has wheels!

Him: Right, ok. And then ninjas infiltrate the hotel lobby! And it's all hi-ya and whip-pew!

Her: Uh, ok. Then, me and my sister put on our pretty swimsuits and go to the pool.

Him: Yes! And we can have a race!

Her: Uh huh, or maybe we could try on clothes.

The project can take a lot of different directions, is what I'm saying.

I started out by completely forgetting to take a picture of the t-shirts Al sent me, and the pretty beads and handy organizer she packed in. Picture two brown t-shirts in a smaller and larger size.

I cut the smaller t-shirt down, giving it a one shoulder shape.

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Then paired it with my sweats.

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The larger t-shirt was to be used for embellishing, but I'm just not really a ruffles and flowers kind of girl. I like clean lines and solid colors, most of the time. (In fact, Al asked me a few weeks ago what colors I like to wear the most. I said brown. She asked what do you like to pair with brown? I said, often other browns. Ha ha! I understood why she had asked when I got my two brown shirts. Also, I laughed. She definitely listened!)

So, what to do with the larger t-shirt? While the one shoulder tank was sure comfy with my sweats, I decided it would be fun as a dress! So, I cut the shirt into a skirt.

I'm not going to go over all the steps I did because there are a dillion t-shirt refashion tutorials out there - all done by much better sewers than myself! I have no idea if I even did any of it the "right" way or not. This was definitely an exercise in trial and error - heavy emphasis on the error.

But, once I was done, this was what I had made. (I chopped my head off in the following pictures because I apparently make ridiculous faces while trying to photograph my whole self.)

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I thought it would be fun paired with a big belt.

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But, I also did want to use some of the pretty beads Al had sent. So, I cut out a few pieces of scrap fabric I had and beaded a little seed center for the flower. Here it is up close:

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And pinned to the dress:

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And, finally I braved the mirth of my numerous neighbors (Germany is very compact) and got a picture in true light to show you how I'll probably wear the dress most often - with one of my favorite shrugs:

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12 comments:

  1. Very cute dress and I just love the beaded center flower.

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  2. Great refashion! I sew a lot by trial and error - figure I'll learn lots from making mistakes!!

    I love the beaded flower embellishment too!! Great work!
    Thanks for linking to A Round Tuit!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  3. How thrifty and cute!!! I'll have to borrow your idea =)

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  4. Cute! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  5. Ooh-la-la. I love it!!! One-shoulder tops are so cute...I may have to try this out.

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  6. Wow, you ladies are so talented!!

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  7. We are so glad you joined us for Anything Related! Come back tomorrow for another great party!

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  8. What a fun change! I like the brown, and I do the same thing with pictures, cut off my head! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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  9. This is so cute, what fun!! Great idea, I am impressed.
    lifeofperks.blogspot.com

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  10. Can you let me know how to buy these T-shirt.. I really like it..
    Thanks.
    awesome tees

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  11. Ava, they were just solid color Hanes t-shirts - I'm not entirely sure where Al picked them up, but I imagine you could probably find them at Target or Walmart.

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