February 22, 2010

Spice Up Your Closet

It's always fun to have a shirt that makes a statement.  I have enough plain shirts in my closet.  Time to spruce it up.  Today I present the "leafy spring tee."  Once again, the possibilities are endless once you grasp the concepts.
1) Find a plain shirt you like.  Find some old scraps from clothes you don't wear anymore.  About a year ago I started saving my old clothes in a laundry basket in my craft room.  I now have a ton of things to drawn on when I need some scrap.  I recommend this.

2) The scraps should be knit (stretchy fabric) so they won't fray.  Cut random strips of it.  Be messy.  They can be thin and then thick and thin again.  It doesn't matter.  We're going for the free look.

3) I sewed on these white strips using an old, thin sweater as my scrap.  Perfect.  As you sew, twist and turn the fabric.  Let it run anywhere, but follow it all with your stiches.  Keep adding until you're pleased with how it looks.  There's no right or wrong here.

4) Find another color fabric and cut out leaves.  Sew them on.  I sewed one line down the middle of the leaf.  That's all.  I like the floppy look of it.
5) Add fun buttons.  I liked mine where the leaves come out.  I think they'd look good almost anywhere, though.

That's pretty much it.  I didn't use any backing, since nothing I added to the shirt had much weight to it.  The shirt washes really well - I just like to invert it so the washing machine gives it less wear and tear.  If you have questions, ask them in the comment area and I'll get back to you.  Good luck!

PS - Do you know how hard it is to take a picture of yourself in the mirror without showing the camera?  That's why I have a weird, slightly unfriendly look on my face in the picture.  Didn't do my hair yet, but I DID get dressed today.  Nice!  (We really like our PJs around here.)

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