Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt

Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt

Megan Nicolay

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0761137858

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Make it yours. This inspirational guide with DIY attitude has everything you need to know about the world’s great T-shirt: how to cut it, sew it, deconstruct it, reconstruct it, and best of all, transform it. • Features more than 100 projects (plus 200 variations) for customized tees, tank tops, tube tops, T-skirts—even handbags, a patchwork blanket, iPod cozies, leg warmers, and more. • Not a DIY expert? Not to worry. More than one third of the projects are no sew, meaning anyone who can wield a pair of scissors can put a personal stamp on her wardrobe. But the sewing basics are here too: backstitch and whipstitch, gather and ruche, appliqué and drawstrings. • And the mission statement for Generation T: Ask not what your T-shirt can do for you; ask what you can do for your T-shirt. And then Do-It-Yourself!

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holes about 1" apart along the front and back of the neckline, also leaving a ¾" margin from the edge. Cut a 1" strip off the bottom to use as a drawstring. 5 Starting at the top of one armhole, thread the drawstring (from step 4) through the holes in the front and back of the shirt as if you were lacing up a shoe. tees in the movies Crossroads (2002): In her big-screen debut, the princess of pop, Britney Spears, and cohorts cut and slash a few T-shirts for the road. And click on the DVD bonus

hem. Then cut an 8"-wide strip from the bottom (or middle, if the graphics are more interesting), creating a tube. 2 Cut through the tube along one side to make one long strip. Fold it in half horizontally, wrong sides facing in. 3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the second T-shirt. 1 ingredients n 2 T-shirts (L, in same or different colors) n scissors n ruler n 1 box safety pins (small or medium) 4 Lay the two folded strips next to each other— vertically so that the cut ends are nearest you.

and, as long as we call the top of that wedding dress a “bodice,” it’s fit to wear in churches everywhere. The halter top also crosses the divide between casual and couture. Both styles embrace exposed shoulders and highlight the collarbones, a uniquely feminine part of the body. “More than pretty,” goes the description in an Updike story, “this clean bare plane of the top of her chest down from the shoulder bones like a dented sheet of metal tilted in the light . . .” But let’s talk comfort,

Tap into that childhood ingenuity and don’t worry about where a T-shirt “belongs.” Enter the world of T-skirts. First women fought hard for the right to wear pants. Then we realized it was really all the clutter under our skirts—the girdles, the hoops, the whole wiry mess—that we skir-tee girls 129 hated. Skirts themselves are playful, liberating . . . just ask the kilt wearers of the world. Skirts inspire dancing and twirling. By comparison, pants seem much more restricted by style, length,

deconstruction— especially useful in those cases where you’ve accidentally sewn all 8 generation T four sides of your pillow before stuffing it. Removing seams with a pair of scissors can be clumsy, and you run the risk of damaging the fabric. A seam ripper is easy to stow, comes with a cap for safe storage, and is surprisingly versatile. Use the inside blade to rip a seam open and use the outside (the dull side) of the blade to loosen a stitch or pull a length of thread through to the other

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