Thursday, September 24, 2009

T-shirt Decon: IndyMojo returns

Thanks to the generous donation of one gorgeous Ms. Coddington,
I have yet another IndyMojo Tshirt to play with.
Last night, I decided to vent a build up of frustration on said poor, unsuspecting T.


Knot so Fancy...
1. Pick your poison

2. Straight up now Tell Me...
Slice straight up through each side of the T, just inside the seam of the sleeve.

3. Hack Job
Off with his head!

4. Fringe Benefits
Fringe out the sides of the tube.
Your waist measurement (as it turns out) works perfectly for this.
Divide your waist measurement by 2 (ex: 30"/2 = 16").
Now subtract 2 (16" - 2 = 14").
Center this measurement on the Tshirt. Chalk the edges.
Fringe the side of the shirt to the line.
I made cuts every 2 inches, but there's room for variety here...

5. Knot so savvy
Tie off each paired up fringe.


*this works well as an off the shoulder shirt OR a skirt - but put a friend on booty duty (or wear some funky stockings under it) as this puppy will shift as you shimmy...

Friday, September 4, 2009

T-shirt Decon: IndyMojo Take Two...

Caveat: It's done. But I'm not pleased with it... *

Here's the How To on the tube dress.
This one is easily adapted into a shirt/tunic.
*Stay tuned for a follow up How To on how to re-deconstruct this one with a better flounce to the skit. I'm gonna add some panels into the bottom have so it'll flounce when I spin. Because, let's face it, I love to spin! Don't judge.

Step 1. Pick your poison.
Hadn't done anything in black lately!
Here Goes...

Step 2. The Basics
Remove (as always) the side portions including sleeves and the top just below the collar.

Step 3. Hemmin' & Hawin'
Match them up front to front, so the insides are showing. Fold down the top 1/2 inch or so and hem into a casing (giving yourself ample room to thread with elastic!).

Step. 4 Side Together... Back Together... and We're Waltzing...
Stitch up the sides (still inside out, mind you) to form a generic tube.

Step 5. Now What?
Here's where I got stumped... I didn't know what I really wanted to do with this thing...
So I added some opp. color silk binding to the bottom and figure it can either be (a) a random, rather shapeless mini dress; or (b) with some slight alteration and some side-ruching, a longish tube/tunic top.

Either way, this baby was easy to make.
Like I said, once I wear it out Friday I think I'm gonna rip it up and keep the top elastic portion for the bust and maybe attach a flounced/paneled skirt to the bottom half for spinnability.

Happy Stitching!
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