Occasionally it seems that world is in pure chaos with nothing making sense, but that doesn't matter as long as I can sew. Sewing is a form of art, or at the very least creativity, and a form of expression. A great outlet for the tension of everyday life. Also you can make cute things. The craft revolution is truly taking place, old skills are being revived by a new generation, but with a seriously modern twist.

I've made Mario pillow cases, a giraffe print background, and turned duvet covers into summer dresses. I enjoy making something unique, special, and me- then I like wearing it and watching it fall to pieces or not fit properly. Then I enjoy (slightly less) fixing it.

One day I shall have a room filled with glorious fabrics and boxes of notions, and on that day I will have found my nirvana. But until then this blog will exist as my virtual haberdashery and sewing room. Hopefully you'll enjoy looking at my creations as much as I enjoy looking at other blogs, and you'll be inspire to make something of your own.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

How to customise a t-shirt- inserting lace...

When out with boyfriend at the weekend I saw and bought a mens extra large camouflage t-shirt which was, I'm pleased to say, too big for me.  I wasn't sure what I'd do with it, I liked the loose, long fit of it but it was shapeless an not super flattering. 

After trying it on I decided my first move was to alter the sleeves- even if you want a loose fit tee it's probably a good idea to have the shoulders of the t-shirt sit somewhere approaching the shoulders on your body and not half way down your arm because it was design for a man with needlessly broad shoulders (well that's what I think anyway).  So I cut off the sleeves (cutting along the seam to keep the correct shape) an then cut off a strip of fabric a couple of inches thick from the arm hole.

I then decided I would insert some lace I had left over from a previous failed project, so I took my now sleeveless t-shirt an cut off the top of it.  I had checked before hand how low the lace could go before becoming indecent.  I placed this top section on top of the lace and cut around it, using it as a template.  I then attached this to the rest of the original t-shirt.  I cut off the original collar and sewed that on to the lace.  

I then had to take the t-shirt in at the side because taking the sleeves in had left a certain discrepancy in the width of the t-shirt at certain points. Once I had done this I neatened up the seams inside to ensure they did not show through the lace, and voila it was done.  I may add some more lace to the bottom, I can't decide.  It just slightly unfortunate that it is so incredibly not t-shirt weather and I will have to wear a long sleeve top underneath.

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