Sunday, July 22, 2007

Because the world needs another t-shirt surgeon ...

I've been a busy little bee, and I may not be able to stop. I'm officially a t-shirt recon addict. After my skirt the other day, I decided to start reworking some of my old T's.

First, I made this fun little casual (because there are stains all over it) skirt from an old frat T (Any ETBU alums out there? I snagged this from Tiger Kauffman thirteen years ago). I'm gonna' wear this with a plain white T and some flip-flops.

Then, I found a great pattern for converting a T into a pair of shorts (or pants, if it's a massively long one). I had this brown top that I haven't worn in a long time. I added some fabric panels to the sides, because it was just a large and not quite stretchy enough for my maternal thighs and hips. I had just found my little surprise package of scrap material from Summer in the mailbox. THANK YOU, SUMMER! You are the BEST!!!

The top of the white panels pucker a little, but they are super comfy!

While digging around for patterns last night, I saw how one chic dyed and ratted up some old shoes. Well, I've had a white pair of Target wanna-be-Keds in my closet. I wear them about once a year. They were just too white ... had a hint of clown-shoe to them. So, I grabbed some RIT dye at the store, soaked them for an hour, trimmed around all the edges and let the dryer beat them up. I may add some iron patches. Haven't decided yet.

SO CUTE! I just love them.

I'm super proud of this one. I've had a black Ralph Lauren T for several years (and I bought it at Goodwill, so who knows how old the silly thing is??). It shrunk a bit, right after I bought it. Seeing how belly shirts only look good on hairy gut guys with mullets that hang out at skating rinks, I knew it was the perfect candidate for a little reworking.

I chopped it off, hemmed the edges, added a button and BOOM - bolero!

It was actually too short at first. So, I took the bottom half I had whacked off the shirt, added it as a little layer underneath, trimmed it and resewed a hem while stretching it to give it a tiny bit of wave. I love to layer things, but am way too cheap to buy enough options to do it as much as I'd like. I just added to my wardrobe without spending a dime.

So, what is sitting in your closet? What can you rework, reuse or recycle? Love the earth. Go shopping in your closet!!


Paul said...

Wow! And I thought all you had in your closet were big flesh-eating spiders!

Summer said...

I've got so many sewing projuects to do. But my machine is too loud for nap time or after bed, and Trey wants to eat the cord when he's up. LOL

Amy T. S. said...

Christine, I think I may hate you. I wish I had the creativity and energy to do these cool things!

Fatty ;o)

ChrissyLou said...

Wait... but... what would Stacey and Clinton say about all of this??? *gasp*

Amanda said...

oh my gosh! Christine! You're an actual sewing machine! So fantastic!