Sunday, March 27, 2011
Thrift Store Style: Recycled T-Shirts
Yesterday I had the joy of joys of happening upon a multi-family garage sale. They handed me a large paper bag and said I could shove as many items of clothing into it for only $5. Well, heck! I couldn't pass that up.
As I browsed the tables piled with clothes, I found a few t-shirts that were, well, not quite my size. But I knew just want to do with them: revamp, reuse, recycle! Here are some photos of how I made over two shirts. Totally easy, super fast, and quite fun.
T-shirts (helps if they are slightly bigger than you'd normally wear)
Sewing machine (optional, but I like to have it on hand.)
Classic Rock (okay, optional. But fun!)
1) Try the shirt on and see if you want to take it in on the sides, make cap sleeves, a tank top, etc.
2) Pinch the sides if you are going to take it in and estimate how much you'll need to go in. NOTE: Don't over do it unless you want a shirt that will fit like spandex. Not usually a good look...
3) Take that puppy off and start cutting (or sewing.) Easy does it while you're still getting used to the project. Cut a bit, try it on, sew a bit, try it on. You get it.
This tee was very boxy. Though you can opt to have the new seam showing by sewing it right-side-out, I turned this one inside-out to sew a more fitted inseam.
If the shirt fits at the underarms well, use the ready-made seam as a guide and don't sew deeper. This one fit great in the underarms, but was like a cardboard box in the bodice. Shazzam! Oooh, I got a new shirt on...
This Batgirl shirt had a bleach stain on one shoulder (between sleeve seam and neck) and needed the sleeves revamped.
I cut an asymmetric boat neck to get rid of the regular collar and cut out the bleach stain. Chopped the sleeves to make caps, and check out what I did with the sliced off pieces...
I took a strip from the area I cut out of the neck, punctured two holes in the bottom left of the shirt, inserted the fabric strip and made a bow. The material is slightly gathered, creating a bit of a loosely fitted bodice, and I have a girlified retro tee!
POW! WHIZ! BANG!
Wristlet made from doubling one of the cut sleeves. Wick away that dew on a perspiring forehead with chilled style. Yeah, man.
That's how I roll.
It ended up being about 12 items for only $5, including a new pair of shoes, several scarves and some brand name dress shirts and sweaters. These two t-shirts? Estimating these revamped, thrifted styles put me out about $0.40 each.
Shop. Cut. Sew. Wear.
Want some more craft ideas? Check out these awesome tutorials for homemade headbands and no-sew jersey knit scarves!
Posted by Kelly Cameron at 10:18 AM