Creative February Project – T-shirt alteration
I have been having fun with Creative February so far – it’s even distracted me from my cold 🙂
Although I made something yesterday which I am pleased with, I haven’t taken photos yet, but I did take some as I went today, so I shall post out of order. That’s more creativity!
I have been collecting projects on Pinterest that I want to try out, among other things… *cough*addictive*cough* and today has been about modifying t-shirts. When I was a teenager, t-shirts were big, baggy, square and really unflattering. For example:
I love the colours and the Celtic pattern, and retro is cool again, so this one is crying out to be tweaked. There are loads of possibilities for t-shirt projects on Pinterest, but for this one I was inspired with this pin, from this blog post. However, I like to do things the easy way and take shortcuts and find my own path based on inspiration rather than following precise instructions. So this is how I did it.
Obviously you need to turn the t-shirt inside out unless you want a ruffle hem. First place a t-shirt that fits over the big one. Place it centrally, based on the neckhole and smooth it out.
I turned up the corners to the point I wanted to stop sewing for the waist. This was based on a previous attempt on a different t-shirt where I sewed the whole way down but then went and unpicked that part because it was too tight and emphasised my bulgy tummy, which I prefer to conceal!
I should have been working on a table really, not my sofa, but I am so bored with trying to clear stuff away that once I had room for the sewing machine I just left it! Don’t fret, I’ll get to it. You can see I don’t have this quite central. I did figure it out and put it right, but I don’t have a pic of that.
My next step was to pin. I don’t usually pin, but it had to be done really, plus I wanted to try out my new pins! Having decided to add sewing to art journalling in Creative February, I bought some pins the other day, nice ones with big round heads because I don’t like fiddling about with the other ones. Not being much of a one for pins (other than Pinterest ones!) I considered why and realised it was partly that I find them fiddly and thus am more likely to ouch myself. Also my arthritic fingers are less dextrous than they used to be. Also I like to sew freestyle without having to stop and take them out, but sometimes you really do need them, like here.
The pins don’t show up too well here, but you can see my new pin wheel 🙂 (Edit – I forgot to explain how I got the line, silly me! It’s basically being guided by the t-shirt that fits, pulling it to stretch it and generally not wanting to make the fit too tight, that’s why the line does not follow the guide closely. The line I sewed pretty much began and ended at the end of the relevant pin.)
Here is a closer shot of the pin line:
I like the pins, they are indeed easier to use than my old ones. Next step is to sew those two lines. I did this really roughly, being careful to get the line right but not bothering to start and finish neatly or securely, in case I wanted to adjust it. I do love casual sewing 🙂
Then it’s just a matter of turning it inside out
And trying it on!
I like the effect at the waist.
The width really comes into its own now, being flatteringly loose over the bulgy bits, but not concealing the good bits of my figure 😀
This was the third one I made! Plus I made another into a bag, but I shall share that another day 🙂 It makes me glad I saved all those old t-shirts, which is just as well. I knew I’d get round to doing something with them one day!
In other news, the snow finally arrived. Not a lot, but it looks pretty.
How’s your February so far?
Entry filed under: Hobbies.