Most times when you pick up tee shirts from your travels they aren’t what I would call “stylish”. You’ll wear it while on vacation and you may even bring a few home for your family. Eventually it’ll find its way in a thrift shop…then some one like me will come along and turn it into something worth wearing again 🙂
While I was in Goodwill I spotted this Rasta Man graphic tee from Jamaica. There were a couple of issues with the shirt.
- The fit was too big
- The cool graphic was on the BACK and not the front 🙁
Minor issues..no problem. I’ve refashioned tees before and this would be no different.
What was the ORIGINAL BACK is now the front as you will see below.
What was the ORIGINAL FRONT is now the back as in the photo below:
I’ll do a video tutorial for those who like visual instructions (folks like meeeeee lol) but for now I’ll simply tell you what I did. Sorry I did not snap photos of each step. I wasn’t asked about doing a tutorial until after everything was done. In a nutshell, what I did was…
- First, I had to say bye-bye to the bottom hem, sleeves and neckline. REMOVE THEM!
- Then, cut down the sides as well
- Because I wanted the cool logo from the back moved to the front, I switched the two pieces.
- Folded the tee in half.
- Went to my closet, picked out a dress that had a great fit.
- Folded my dress in half, laid it EVENLY on top of the folded tee.
- Cutting around the dress, snipping off the excess tee fabric. (basically using my dress as a pattern)
- After I cut around the dress, unfolded the tee, pinned both sides down, stopping at the arm regions.
- Took it to my sewing machine and sewed the sides down. (5/8 of inch)
- Made a casing for the drawstring by folding down and pinning what use to be the neckline region for both front and back.
- Returned to the sewing machine to sew them down as well.
- Used two thin side scraps sewed together to make the drawstring.
- Pinned a safety pin to the end of the drawstring and threaded it through the casings.
- Added a few beads onto the drawstring secured with a simple knot and Va-Va-voom!! a dress is born 😀
The graphic was waaaaaay too cool to be on the backside.
I live in Florida and there are so many ways I can style this look despite it being Winter 🙂
Studies have shown, the cool kids who rule the middle, high school and other social scenes may not grow up to be cool adults.
The person everyone thought was cool.. you know, the one who did exciting things, had all the new clothes and gadgets are most likely working in a menial job, have poor relationships, etc.
Meanwhile, the other kid (such as myself) who was quiet, had good friends but didn’t really attract much attention and was a little intimidated is doing pretty darn amazing! 🙂
My my my revenge of the nerd is sweet.
If I don’t post again before 2017, know that there’s a new year approaching, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. Make 2017 amazing 🙂
HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS!! – xoLB