Category Archives: t-shirt reconstruction

Reconstruction: Pockety Hoody

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I’m a big thrift store shopper.  Sometimes, I find great articles of clothing that are the perfect size for one of my kids, but I know they won’t wear it because of a design or picture that’s on it.   They’re both really into black at the moment and I found a great black hoodie sweatshirt the perfect size for my son.  The price?  $1.25.  Could I pass that by?  NO WAY.

The drawback?  It came with an embroidered image of The Grinch.  Cute, yes, his style, absolutely not!

After having the sweatshirt linger in my “to do something with” pile for a while, it occurred to me that I have all kinds of odds and ends leftover from other projects that might update the shirt and make it ready to wear.

One Levi’s pocket and about ten minutes of stitching later, and the update is complete and the hoody has gone from “Absolutely not!” to “Cool, Mom!”

It’s more of an update than reconstruction, but you get the idea!

To update a logo sweatshirt, you’ll need the sweatshirt and one jean’s pocket.  Use a heavy-duty seam ripper to remove the pocket, or, if you feel comfortable doing so, a razor blade.  Just be careful if you do!

A sewing machine is pretty much a must for this project, but if you want to try it by hand, you’ll need a heavy duty needle and a bit of patience to sew through all the layers!

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Smooth out your sweatshirt.

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Remove jeans pocket, being careful not to tear the fabric or cut yourself.

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Pin the pocket in place.  You can go for a straight angle like I did here, or turn it a bit left or right for a more interesting look.

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From the front, stitch carefully around the pocket using the existing stitching lines.  Reinforce at the corners and top of the seams.

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And you’re done!  Super fast and easy update!

As always, if you make any pattern or craft from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo. Email me or add it to the Friends of Sewhooked flickr group.

Happy crafting

Halloween Traditions

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday.  It’s certainly my favorite to craft for.  Fun costumes, crafts, decorations…

The first costume I made myself was one of my Dad’s suits that I reconstructed to look like Madonna in the Who’s That Girl? video.  I was in high school at the time.

Since then, I’ve enjoyed making all kinds of costumes, mostly for my kids.  Halloween is, of course, a darn good reason to costume!

Our family tradition is this:  My kids have until September 30 to choose a costume idea.  Once they’re decided, there is no going back and the planning begins in earnest.  They tend to lean towards character costumes, which are fun to try to duplicate.

InuYasha

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This year, my 13 year old daughter wanted to be one of her all-time favorite characters, InuYasha. I created the top half of the costume based on a kimono I made some years ago. There are a number of custom changes to make the top appear the same as InuYasha’s. The pants are adapted from a pj pattern, with a more flared leg and belt.  The wig was purchased, with handcrafted ears added (made from faux fur and felt).  The sword and necklace were purchased online.  The scabbard is a toy sword scabbard that’s been covered in black fabric.   The entire costume is made with quilter’s cotton.

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Ryoga

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My 10 year old son’s costume this year was Ryoga, from the manga and anime, Ranma 1/2.  The top is a reconstructed sweatshirt with a custom collar and cuffs made from cotton fabric.  The belt is also cotton fabric.  The pants are adapted from a pajama pattern, with loops added to the sides for lacing the legs.  The rucksack is completely custom from canvas.  The red paper umbrella was purchased online and customized with paint and fabric.  The cording is clothesline cord.   His headband is made from a strip of darker yellow fabric with squares stenciled on in black paint.

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The two characters are from different manga / anime series, but both are creations of the same author, Rumiko Takahashi. We thought we’d have a little fun with that and took a couple of “what are you doing here!?” poses!

Charlie Brown & Pansy Parkinson

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My husband and I like to dress up, too!  This year, my hubby, Eli, was Charlie Brown in a t-shirt I stenciled and black shorts made from a commercial pattern.  I was Slytherin Pansy Parkinson in a hand painted green tie and custom Slytherin buttons…snarky attitude included!

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InuYasha and Ryoga are not amused at having a Slytherin at their back!

Visit my Halloween 2008 flickr album for more photos.

Costumes photos 1995 – Present

Happy November!

also posted in Craft Challenge #32 – DIY Halloween Costumes on craftster and on Deviant Art

T-Shirt Reconstruction: She-Shirt

Covered in Bees t-shirt, reconstructed

It’s no secret among my friends that I’m a big Eddie Izzard fan. My family and I were lucky enough to get to see him perform live in June. He was amazing, funny & brilliant, just like we knew he would be.

In honor of our shared Eddie-love, my good friend Shae stenciled this fantastic “Covered in Bees” t-shirt for me. She knew it would be too big and sent it with her crafty blessings to be reconstructed however I saw fit. Resizing tees is the recon I do most often, making my shirts fit me better while still being long (and wide!) enough to go over my hips.

Use a favorite shirt that you already love the fit of and that has similar stretch to the fabric.

This is a fairly easy recon and usually takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Supplies:

  • Too Big t-shirt
  • smaller tee (guide)
  • pins
  • scissors
  • thread
  • sewing machine (optional)
  • ball point needle (for jersey fabrics)
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The shirt, before resizing

using a favorite shirt for size trimmed down
Resizing using a favorite shirt – cut about 1/2″ away from the original shirt so you have seam allowance. You’ll have to do a little guestimating on the sleeves, but if you take it slow and careful, it’ll work out fine.

eyeballing for sleeve size
Use my favorite recon technique and eyeball for the sleeve size, adjusting the sleeve under the body of the t-shirt until it’s the length and shape you want. Pencil a line on the existing sleeve using the cut on the t-shirt, and then added about 1/2″ for seam allowance.

re-attaching the sleeve
Find the center on the sleeves, pin to the seam allowance on the shirt. Pin along the sleeve, being careful not to pull or tug the fabric. Stitch using a stretch stitch and 1/2″ seam allowance.

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After stitching the sleeves, fold shirt in half, right sides together, matching the bottom hem. Stitch a 1/2″ seam under the sleeve and all the way down the side. Trim seam allowance, if you wish.

Because you leave the original hems for the sleeves and the shirt in place, the reconstruction is now complete!

Add your Sewhooked-related photos to my flickr group and you might be featured in a future post!

Happy Crafting!

T-Shirt Reconstruction: Reverse Applique Window


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My son got this great orange t-shirt at the science fair he participated in last year. Unfortunately, it was way too small and *gasp* not black, which is his favorite t-shirt color. We talked it through and he agreed that if it was part of a black shirt, he’d definitely wear it.

I used one of my favorite “save a t-shirt” recon techniques, a reverse applique window. It’s easy peasy and takes only about 15 minutes to complete. The sewing machine and rotary cutter are totally optional here. This recon could easily be done with just plain old scissors and a needle and thread.

T-Shirt Reconstruction: Reverse Applique Window
by Jennifer Ofenstein
http://www.sewhooked.org

2 t-shirts
straight pins
chalk
ruler
rotary cutter (optional)
scissors
sewing machine with ball point needle OR needle & thread

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Slit the shirt that will be in the “window” up each side and open out.

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Using a rotary cutter and ruler OR a ruler and chalk with scissors, cut a square out of the front of the window at least 1″ larger than the image on the shirt.

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Turn the intact shirt inside out. Center the square with the image on it right side down on the inside front of the intact shirt. Pin clockwise – this makes it easier to remove the pins as you stitch.

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Stitch around, removing the pins as you go so as not to stitch over them. If using a sewing machine, choose a stretch stitch.

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Turn the shirt right side out. You can faintly see the stitching line here.

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Draw a chalk line 1/4 – 1/2″ inside of the stitching line. This will be your cutting line.



Near one of the corners, pinch the fabric of the intact shirt away from the applique piece on the inside. Make sure you just have one layer of shirt. Cut a small hole with the scissors. Trim carefully towards the chalk line.

Cut around the chalk line and remove the center piece.

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Voila! Reverse applique t-shirt!

Happy crafting!