Thursday, November 7, 2013

Be your own fashion designer!


A while ago (a very, very long while ago...) I posted about upcycling, a few times, actually. One of the posts was about how to make a DIY racerback tank top. Making that top from a t-shirt inspired me to remodel part of my wardrobe and make more DIY tops. 

I lovelovelove Threadless.com and have bought a lot of shirts from them over time, for myself and as gifts for others. Even my only jacket (not really a jacket, but kind of) is from there. They have awesome and incredibly creative designs and their clothes are of high quality. Really, I mean it, nobody is paying me for this. 

There is only one problem. They sell t-shirts. How is that a problem? Let me explain. 
Here in Trinidad, the climate is hot. Very hot. Hothothot, to be exact. Therefore, I can’t really wear things that cover too much of me. I mean, I could, but I’m never very happy when I wear anything that covers even my shoulders, let’s not even think about covering my whole arms. That’s why most of the tops I own are tanks or spaghetti straps or some other flimsy concoction that covers as much as possible while allowing the breeze to go everywhere to cool me down. See the problem now? T-shirts cover a lot of the wearer’s torso. Can’t be done. Impossible. No. 

So, because I love my shirts but I couldn’t possibly wear them as they were, I got a big pair of scissors, had my mom explain how to use her sewing machine and got to work. Seamstress for a few weeks! Not, like Terry Pratchett’s seamstresses, mind you. I’m talking needles and threads. 

Here are my results: 






Whereas the first top was inspired by a tutorial found online, I didn’t follow any instructions (because I didn’t look for any) for the tops you see in the above pictures. They all just happened, if that makes any sense. I also didn’t take pictures of the process. But it’s really easy to make them. You just take a t-shirt and cut off the parts you don’t need and then you sew what remains into the shape you want it to be. 

Good enough explanation? I’ll assume so. If not, if you want to know how to make one of these shirts or part of one, just let me know and I’ll explain in detail. I can even draw the how-to for you. 

And when you start sewing yourself, share pictures with me! 

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