Friday, May 7, 2010

Reworking T-Shirts And Silver Hair

Jersey is great for the quick fix as it does not require finished edges. I like the raw look. I'm drawn to the organic-ness of it. Plus I feel less inhibited... if I make a "mistake" while trying to save the shirt it will somehow be less noticeable. So far this theory has worked for me. So, here are a few shirts I saved with the use of old T-shirts. This grey shirt had the best long sleeves but also came with a bleach spot along the neckline. I simply cut out some leaf shapes from a scrap t-shirt and sewed them on. Added a few buttons and yay! I've a shirt I will wear out in public again.
Quick Fixes
Now this brown beauty I found at a bag sale and when home I saw a tiny hole near the lower front and center. Turns out Teo saw it too for he proceeded to stick his finger in it to show me. Something had to be done! Using another scrap t-shirt I cut out leaf shapes and long strips. (Leaf shapes, organic, raw edges... all connected.)
Quick Fixes
Placement required pinning since I had to use care around the gathers in the neckline and bust. (A dress form would have been helpful, nothing brings on swearing faster than sticking a pin in your boob.) Well, I liked the "vine" look and so I kept it going over the shoulder onto the back. I wear this shirt often and without profanity.
Quick Fixes
I've also played around with headbands. Now that my hair is growing out I'm wearing them again. My favorite way to make a headband is to recycle a t-shirt sleeve from one of my husband's old t-shirts. Cut off the sleeve and simply sew long strips in a circular pattern around the band letting the raw edges do their thing. (However it won't hide silver hairs.) I've known about them I just didn't notice how noticeable they were. Curly hair hides a lot. Except from above I guess.
T-Shirt Sleeve Headband
It's snowing today. I dislike it as much as poking myself with pins.


Vicky said...

So cooool! Love your shirt redos :) What silver hair...hairs :)

Anonymous said...

Your hair is beautiful. Love the cleverness of the t shirt remakes.

Patty said...

LOL! I love your sense of humor!

--ginger. said...

ooooooooooooooooooooh I reaaallly like these. I feel like lots of people are doing flowery raw applique, but it all looks too foofy. I really like yours! High five.

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