Friday, July 20, 2007

Sew Crafty Friday: What to do with a 25 cent T-shirt

No kidding...a quarter. CVS had their summer things on clearance at 90% off and it was only 2.50 to begin with. Granted, it isn't a heavy t-shirt (although it is Hanes), but for that price, who cares? Well, it's also cheap enough to play with. In the first picture, I layered a sleeveless top over it that has shrunk too much, and has some bleach stains. I'm using a cutting board as a dress form--how pathetic. (But, I have a real one on order!) I pinned it around the lace collar with a LOT of pins. You don't want this going anywhere. Off to the sewing machine, where I stitched around the lace, through both shirts, leaving about a half inch border. I carefully cut away the bottom part of the old shirt, right near the stitches (picture 2). In the 3rd picture, you can see that I have now cut away the neck part of the new shirt.
I don't have a picture of the finished shirt, but I covered up the raw edge of the old t-shirt with some bias tape I'd made from fabric I had. You could use flat lace or purchased bias tape, too. The fabric I used is the same I used for the skirt, purse and headband I made a while back. I haven't worn the t-shirt with that skirt, but it would match.
One thing I didn't do, and would the next time, is to remove the label from the old shirt. It kind of shows after you trim everything away.
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Shereen said...

You are creative. I would have had no clue what to do with it. lol I always stick to a pattern. I wish I was more of a free thinker, but alas I'm not. lol Great job converting the shirt into something you'd use. Way to go. Everytime I over do it and feel a sting in my back, I think of you telling me to take it easy, that my back is something not to mess with. ;0)

Mona said...

Great idea! That is really neat how you did that!

I second Shereen's comment, I love how you so freely create so many nice things!


Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

How clever you are. I love the shirt.

Lisa said...

Very crafty! Great crativity too! :o)