April 15, 2008

HOW TO: resuscitate that old t-shirt!

as i've mentioned here on the {newnew} blog before, one of my favorite forms of recycling is wardrobe recycling, aka wardrobe refashioning. instead of heading to h+m when you feel like you have nothing to wear, why not shop in your closet instead, and re-make something that doesn't fit anymore—or just doesn't fit your current style?

one of the easiest places to start refashioning is with t-shirts. we all have them: the t-shirts we don't wear but can't seem to let go of. here's what i did with one of mine.

this was part of my college uniform:

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not only is it ridiculously big (as all of my clothes were back then), it had developed some issues in the back....

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...and so had since been relegated to the pajama drawer. but i never wore it, because i was afraid it was just going to keep ripping and completely fall apart. clearly, it was time to dismantle it myself.

i started by removing the sleeves, then cutting across the back horizontally at the spot of the enormous gaping hole, leaving me with this:

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then i cut down the sides vertically, making two pieces, and slit the part of the back that was attached to the front down the middle, comme ca:

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i decided that those two pieces coming off the top of the front piece would become straps, so i trimmed them a bit to make them slimmer and equal widths, and hemmed the edges. i also turned the neckband under in the front and stitched it down to make a uniform hem all around.

then i put it all together: pinned the side seams and sewed them up, hemmed the top of the back piece, attached the straps to the back, and hemmed the front piece— which had ended up longer than the back—at the bottom. and this is what i got:

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putting it on, i realized that the part where i had hemmed under the existing neckband stuck out...

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...and i was going to fix it by turning it under one more time and re-hemming, but then i realized that i liked it the way it was. i also love that the finished product retained some of the pinholes and frayed edges of the original shirt.

and so something destined for the scrap heap became a fab, totally original "new" top.

- cakehouse

8 comments:

Goodies for Mom said...

I'd love for you to share a link to this post on my blog (http://www.goodiesformom.com) under my post "Share Your Thoughts for a Greener World". We are having an Earth Day Celebration through 4/22 trying to help bring green to everyday people. This would be a great addition.

Lois

cakehouse said...

thanks, lois! i'll do that now....

Joanne said...

Great idea!

Kate said...

Wow! That turned out great!

bshorr said...

so cute! i have a pile of t-shirts waiting for me to reconstruct them - this totally makes me want to jump on that now!

bungaloe said...

looks so light & airy, perfect for summer!

steph

cakehouse said...

thanks, everyone!

waisze said...

it looks great!