Monday, November 3, 2008

Tee Tree

Sometimes the most simple looking shirt holds a thousand challenges.

I thought for sure I knew exactly what I was going to do with this green eyed beauty, but once I got started I had to stop in the middle and regroup for a really long time. I didn't even notice the big stain in the middle until work was underway.
I decided to embark on an ambitious freestyle machine embroidery thing. I wanted to envoke a green green winter field with fluffy wuffy clouds.

I like to think of the neckline as "saucy casual tuxedo shirt for the picnic set."


(B, I'd love an action shot, if you wouldn't mind doing the honors!)

टाइम वोंट गिवे में time

Hmm, weird. I just typed in the title and it auto changed the characters (is that Thai?) I'm just going to run with it... It is meant to read "Time won't give me time" so if I inadvertantly offended any one with that header..My apologies!

It's taken me ages to post my response to the B&E Tshirt challenge...and it's only half done...ack! Without any further ado, I present The Challenger:

This shirt screamed "F-you!" quite literally. But I'm no shrinking violet, and I gave as good as I got. I thought this would make a great hoodie, and I had some bada$$ red hounds tooth material that was burning a hole on my fabric shelf:

I used the original short sleeve as a template for the long took a little tweeking - I wanted to go for a scruffy, overly long, already lived in look.

For the hood, I used one of my fave hoodies as the template for the hood. The effect was almost monk like.

The end result? A hoodie to rock your sox off.

Insert raised fists.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rock the Vote!

from the 2 shirts D sent me there can only be deciphered one message:
"Rock the Vote!"
so i did my best and here is what i started with:

that's the vote part and here's what i did with it (and the spaceman dance i did with that)... because 2 can play at the spaceman game, pal:

now on with the rock:

so you probably can't see (because i'm spaceman dancing so hard) but the pink squirrel sunset shirt has two little acorns on the back and i gathered the fabric under them to create a little pleated effect that helps to keep the cut neckline from becoming stretched out and also enhances cute-ness significantly.

what do you think?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

One tee hoodie leave!

OT: Original Tee shirt.

First up in the t-shirt challenge is this hot young contender that I picked up at work. I'd had my eye on it for ages, but alas it was two sizes too small. My only option? To make it smaller and give it the old hoodie treatment!

First order of business: cut t-shirt to size. Then make a pocket that won't fit on your finished product without ruining the image. I dare ya.
I used an existing hoodie as a template for the hood. This stretchy green edging is perfect!

I sewed it around the hood, neck line and sleeves. Then I did a bunch of other things that I was too "busy"(lazy) to document. Basically I sewed the shirt back together, added the edging, put a shoelace through the hood for "scrunchability", and a waist band around the bottom to make it fit better and, I'll admit, because I made it too short during the whole kangaroo pouch debacle (see above.) Whatever! I'm not the one on trial here!

And then I did a space man dance.
Just 'cause.
All right, B...balls in your court!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008