I actually have a before picture, I was so proud of myself for remembering. This first one was a thrifted tee which I got from either Goodwill or a consignment shop. It says "Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France" in flowing script on the front. My original plan was to just edge the bottom and neckline in the black & white fabric and make princess puff sleeves for it, but it evolved into something rather different.
You can't see it very well, but after chopping the shirt in half (which was oddly satisfying) and sewing the wide strip of jersey in, I... well, I'm not sure exactly how to explain it, but I took the fabric in a little. You can kind of see in the below picture. But anyway, I added a cute little bow, and called it macaroni.
No before pictures for this lovely top, but the after pictures make up for it. :) This is currently my favorite shirt, and yes, I'm keeping it! I'll make more like it to sell, but I just loved it and I need something nice to wear tomorrow. Anyway, it was a size large thrifted tee from our local thrift store, and it reads "Fight The Good Fight" in faded lettering with eagles, roses, and other corny things like that. I made a tunic top out of it, with a satin belt making it into an empire-waist. There are satin straps and a satin channel for ruching on the side.
I don't really need more clothing for myself, but hey, at least I'm not spending any money! And as my mom says, (and I paraphrase...), I'm my best billboard!
If you like t-shirt recons, definitely check out T_Shirt_Surgery, a LiveJournal community devoted to the cutting-up and sewing-back-together of shirts.