Wednesday, March 19, 2008

T-Shirt Surgeries

It was not lack of anything to post that prevented any updates this time. No: it was, yet again, that camera cable. I really need to work on keeping track of that. But here I am now, with two pretty recons to show!

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.


  1. Addie!!! Gush, gush, gush. Awesome and totally chic green shirt with black straps. You have such a wonderful fashion sense. You could start a recycled tee-shirt shop made from old shirts you got and remade into beautiful creations! I can see the headlines now! "Addie Marie Goes Green" :P I love the pictures and will have to get you another camera cord for your birthday. Hugs, Dana

  2. Thanks! I used liquid rit dye in a wine color. I basically followed the directions from threadbanger, except I didn't add detergent.

    I love the ruching! I've been wanting to recon a shirt with ruching on the side like one I saw on One Tree Hill. Is it hard to do??

  3. Helllooooo this is your annoying conscience here to tell you that you need to blog again... if you can find the camera cord, that is. :O)


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