Upcycling For Kids!

Want to save some cash and have the most stylin’ kids in the neighborhood? It’s easy to do. This summer I took what was an adult small Collective Motion T-shirt and deconstructed it to create this stylish little piece for my beautiful niece miss Grace Elizabeth! She was by far one of the most fun models I have worked with and pleasantly easy to work with too, which is pretty impressive considering she was just two years old at the time.

Imagine the possibilities. Although I do not have kids of my own at this point, I did grow up living in my two older brother’s hand-me-downs. So, I can speak from some experience on this one. When one of your children grows out of that old T-shirt from the basketball team, simply transform it into a tank top or dress for the younger sibling and WALA you have two pieces of clothing for the price of one!

I definitely plan to experiment with more upcylicing for children. Perhaps this idea will even transform into a regular weekly segment here on The T-Shirt Project. Keep an eye out readers!

In other news: My shiny new credit union credit card came in, which means etsy here I come!

You may recall that in my first post I mentioned some of my biggest T-shirt disasters being a result of (poor) intuition and dumb luck. Well put some emphasis on the “dumb” and you’ve got this little tragedy.

I was trying to make a cropped cap sleeve vest with this one but got a little over zealous and accidentally. It straight through the front and back side of the fabric instead of just the front as I had originally intended. 

Alas, perhaps tomorrow’s attempt will be more of a success. Maybe I turn lemons into lemonade with this one and figure out some clever way to utilize the scraps from this mishap. You’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to see how this one unfolds dear readers.

You may recall that in my first post I mentioned some of my biggest T-shirt disasters being a result of (poor) intuition and dumb luck. Well put some emphasis on the “dumb” and you’ve got this little tragedy.

I was trying to make a cropped cap sleeve vest with this one but got a little over zealous and accidentally. It straight through the front and back side of the fabric instead of just the front as I had originally intended.

Alas, perhaps tomorrow’s attempt will be more of a success. Maybe I turn lemons into lemonade with this one and figure out some clever way to utilize the scraps from this mishap. You’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to see how this one unfolds dear readers.

How To Make A T-Shirt Necklace

T-shirt necklaces are surprisingly easy to make. The best part; accuracy can be thrown out the window! Well, for the most part it can. Of course, if you cut each strip at a drastic angle your results may be a little skewed but there is no need to precisely measure each and every cut. Construction of these accessories is very forgiving.

Want to create a truly unique look? When the necklace is complete, try adding an old brioche or barrette around the strands. Take a look at my previous post to see one example of how I added my own touch, using a hand me down antique brioche.

Believe it or not
these wonderful necklaces were once T-Shirts! They’re a quick and easy way to add a casual pop of color to any outfit and, as they can be made as thin or thick as you would like, they’re also a great way to add warmth in these cooler fall months.
Up next…a step by step tutorial on how to make these necklaces in the comfort of your own home!

Believe it or not

these wonderful necklaces were once T-Shirts! They’re a quick and easy way to add a casual pop of color to any outfit and, as they can be made as thin or thick as you would like, they’re also a great way to add warmth in these cooler fall months.

Up next…a step by step tutorial on how to make these necklaces in the comfort of your own home!

This style of shirt was a staple in my wardrobe over the scorching hot summer we just experienced up here in Maine. I have plans for a future post that will include step by step instructions on how to create this look but for now my attention has been diverted by the drastic cold front we’ve been experiencing. So, today’s post is focusing on how easily your deconstructed T-shirts can be layered in order to keep warm in these cooler months.

This style of shirt was a staple in my wardrobe over the scorching hot summer we just experienced up here in Maine. I have plans for a future post that will include step by step instructions on how to create this look but for now my attention has been diverted by the drastic cold front we’ve been experiencing. So, today’s post is focusing on how easily your deconstructed T-shirts can be layered in order to keep warm in these cooler months.

Crop Tops: Not Just For Summer
I’ve been on a big crop top kick lately and although they’re typically associated with warm summer days, who says they can’t transition to fall? I wanted to take two things typically associated with summer (crop tops and tie dye) and turn them on their heads with this one. I adore warm fall tones, so this Tshirt instantly caught my eye when I saw it on the rack.  A shirt cut this way can either be worn with a pair of high waisted pants allowing a little bit of bare midriff to show or worn over a longer, complimentary colored shirt. For a truly layered fall look, toss on a slouchy, oversized cardigan. It’s as simple as that!
Speaking of simple. I know these first few shirts have been on the more simplistic side but just you wait! As the project progresses (& I acquire a dress form or models) I will be revealing some more complicated and intricate designs. I’ll even show you, the reader step by step instructions on creating detailed designs with nothing but an old shirt and a pair of scissors. Keep an eye out dear readers. I have a lot in store for you all!

Crop Tops: Not Just For Summer

I’ve been on a big crop top kick lately and although they’re typically associated with warm summer days, who says they can’t transition to fall? I wanted to take two things typically associated with summer (crop tops and tie dye) and turn them on their heads with this one. I adore warm fall tones, so this Tshirt instantly caught my eye when I saw it on the rack. A shirt cut this way can either be worn with a pair of high waisted pants allowing a little bit of bare midriff to show or worn over a longer, complimentary colored shirt. For a truly layered fall look, toss on a slouchy, oversized cardigan. It’s as simple as that!

Speaking of simple. I know these first few shirts have been on the more simplistic side but just you wait! As the project progresses (& I acquire a dress form or models) I will be revealing some more complicated and intricate designs. I’ll even show you, the reader step by step instructions on creating detailed designs with nothing but an old shirt and a pair of scissors. Keep an eye out dear readers. I have a lot in store for you all!

Quebec what the HECK!?!

I had a couple of friends when I was younger who, for whatever reason went through a phase of shouting out “QUEBEC WHAT THE HECK!” whenever we would pass a car with a Quebec license. Growing up in Maine this happened rather frequently. So, when I stumbled upon this shirt at Salvation Army I just couldn’t pass it up.

At first glance this shirt may seem no different than the one from my last post but take another look and you’ll see one minor detail that makes a big difference. Near the left collar bone, at the tip of the Quebec map on the shirt, I cut a small slit, took a piece of extra fabric from the shirt and gathered it. These photos don’t seem to do the shirt justice though, when it is on it gives a really nice asymmetrical line along the collar. Perhaps one of these days I’ll invest in a dress form to better display the shirts, or a photo shoot with friends may be in order too.

One other difference to note is that I did not in fact cut the hems off of this shirt. Because this shirt was found in the kids section de-hemming was not necessary. Some food for thought when you’re out thrifting for shirts to practice on.

Where it all began. This is one of the first shirts I ever cut. It’s a simple enough style to create. Just cut off the shirt collar, the hem at the bottom of the shirt and the hem on each shirt sleeve and shaZAAAM!

Where it all began. This is one of the first shirts I ever cut. It’s a simple enough style to create. Just cut off the shirt collar, the hem at the bottom of the shirt and the hem on each shirt sleeve and shaZAAAM!

Please hold, we are experiencing technical difficulties

My hope is to do all of my updates for this project entirely through my fancy magic iPod phone. This process is all new to me however and for some reason tumblr. doesn’t seem to want to allow that to happen today. My picture’s ready, post is good to go but the app won’t allow me to sign in. Once I can figure it out and fix this little glich-o-rama I’ll be back in business but for now looks like y’all will have to wait in anticipation for The Tshirt Projects premiere photo post…

What’s this all about?

For as long as I can remember I have been cutting up my clothing. I’m a professional dancer, it’s just what we do. We cut our clothes to increase their functionality during rehearsals in the studio. I am constantly cutting sweatpants into shorts that I then wear over pants or leggings to keep my hips and thighs warm, and cutting the collars or sleeves off of T-shirts to increase air flow and keep my body cool.

What started as a task done to serve a specific purpose quickly developed into a hobby and now an art form for me. Think about this; how many T-shirts do you hold on to for sentimental value even though they never make it out of your T-shirt drawer and onto your body to actually see the light of day? Those shirts deserve to be worn and shown off and it’s very easy to take them and transform them into wearable pieces. The purpose of this blog is to give inspiration and teach you how to upcycle those old shirts into something new and unique that you can wear with pride.

My goal is a pretty hefty one. It is called “A T-Shirt A Day” or “The T-Shirt Project”. What I am hoping to do is take one T-shirt each day over the course of a year, deconstruct it and recreate it into something truly unique, post it on here and sell it online through my etsy store (which will be active once I get my brand spankin new credit union credit card in the mail so I can start the store up…keep an eye out for a post in the near future with details about my store). But back to what this blog is about and what I hope it will become. Some days I will be simply posting pictures of my work to provide inspiration but other days my posts will include tutorials so you, the reader can learn to transform your old worn out shirts as well.

I don’t pretend to be some sort of expert in this art form, nor am I an expert at blogging. I hope to continue to grow and learn skills as the project unfolds. To be completely honest, some of my most successful shirts thus far have been created based on intuition and sheer dumb luck, some of my biggest T-shirt disasters have been caused by the same combo too. I guess we’ll see how things progress over the course of this next year!