Mad snowfalls, freezing nights and grey dismal days - no, this is not my idea of spring. Three weeks ago it was warm enough to go in a spring coat, now I have had to resort to winter woolies. Not that I hate woolies, but a change would be nice.
In anticipations of days to come I did a "small" refashion.
I had to use the quotation marks. Because isn't this what all the refashion tutorials tell you, "it only took half an hour", "it was nothing", and the like?
Well, I won't lie. This took me two days, and only because I have spring break and can sew for hours on end.
A friend of mine cleaned up her closet and I was fortunate
to get some nice t-shirts. One of them had holes and it was also too short,
the second was way too big.
Here you see my sketchy marking lines.
I am preparing here for the reverse applique, a process where part of the top layer is cut off to reveal the color underneath.
After stitching I cut holes (as per design). At this point I was getting lazy and contemplated leaving the design as is.
Machine sewing had taken several hours, cutting likewise, and I wasn't looking forward to hand stitching.
I first did my layered embroidery tee-shirts in 2001/2002 when we were
living in Brooklyn. It must have been in the water, because Project
Alabama was starting their similarly reversed embroidery clothing around that time. Then the founder eventually sold off, went another
route and became this lovely supplier of make-it-yourself layered
I don't have all the fancy utensils that are required by Alabama Chanin
way of design.
There are lovely projects out there, I found this blogger's work very refreshing. She also works with refashioned
And here is a great entry by another blogger.
Doing a happy dance here which made the photo slightly out of
focus. Note how the design curves towards the center, I like that very
Back is just plain.
and here is the inside view (when everything was finished)