About two weeks ago, I decided to Up-cycle a T-shirt for my sister for Christmas. She is always hard to shop for, since we have totally different tastes in pretty much everything. So last night, I finally finished it. I had come up with a design while I was sitting at work in a 3 hour meeting one day, but of course, nothing ever goes according to plan, right?
Here is what I did:
Step 1: Deconstruct the T-Shirt. I didn't have any idea what I wanted to do ultimately, so I took the sleeves off and the hem out with a stitch ripper. I knew I wanted something sleeveless/halter top, so I went ahead and cut the front and back - front as high as possible to give room for error, back right at the bottom of the arm holes.
Step 2: Plan my attack. I kept picturing some kind of lace up back. Finally, while I sat and "listened" for three hours, I thought - "How cool would it be if the halter went up around the neck and then criss-crossed down the back?!" So this is what I had in mind:
I learned a few things while doing this:
1) T-shirt material is hard to sew on the sewing machine. The ribbon part on the bottom went better, because the ribbon helps to support the T-shirt material a bit.
2) If you are going to put something like ribbon around the bottom, make it the stretchy kind.
3) T-shirt material needs some support - next time, I will probably put some kind of elastic or stretchy ribbon band around the top to support the material and the shirt.
4) Some thread does not do well on a sewing machine - I tried using some of my black thread, which I had problems with in the past. I thought it was just me, but the thread kept breaking after just a few needle revolutions. Turns out, it was the thread - I switched back to my pink thread and everything was fine. Not before I threw a hissy fit about the thread, though.
5) The dogs like to help.
To wrap it up, here is the Before and After. I am really quite proud of what it looks like on the hanger :-) Reality needs a little work, but I can live with fantasty for now.
Anyone out there? <chirp, chirp> Well, if there is anyone out there, ever have any disaster DIY presents? Or trouble with T-shirts? Any suggestions about how to work with T-shirt material?
I am also posting this on Thrifty Decor Chick's January Before and After Party. My very first one. Exciting! I am planning my Before and After for February :-)
Have a great week!