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It’s Time to Revamp Another T-shirt

Hmm, why another t-shirt? I must confess, I live in them, I’m always on the prowl for the perfect t-shirt. And recently I found one that I just love – for $6.99. Wore it one day, felt so comfortable I went back and bought 6 more. Well, half of them are for testing embellishment techniques. I spent last night sketching a few ideas on how to embellish it. Of course, some of the fabrics I want to play with were not in my home studio so the real fun had to wait until I got into the office. Sketching is easy, it’s the auditioning of the fabrics and fine tuning the techniques that takes time.

Of course, this whole project isn’t just for me – Designs needs a garment – print worthy – for our next photo shoot. And we need it now. So I have two techniques that I’ve been tweaking for a few months that I think are ready to share. One I call ‘squiggles’ and the other involves my Favorite Little Flower from the Posh Pincushion book.

I think the combination of the two techniques is what will make the t-shirt stand out from the crowd.

I’m starting with a plain, white v-neck t-shirt made from burn-out cotton. This t-shirt is cut on the bias and fits an aging figure very forgivingly. It skims the figure without stretching across every bump – love that! It does have a small breast pocket which will be easy to remove (I examined the stitching – no heavy bactacking to eliminate).

A stretch mesh in a lovely shade of crème brulee will add just enough contrast to draw attention to the new embellishment.

Thread color will be just a shade or two (ok, maybe three) darker than the stretch mesh. Or maybe not – after all the real star of this garment will be the stretch mesh fabric. The cutting, positioning and layering of this fabric will keep me challenged for the next few days. I’ll keep you posted on my progress and share the finished results in the September/October issue of Designs. Well, you’ll probably get to see it before then—especially if you’re a subscriber to the blog!

I just confessed to my weakness about t-shirts but that’s not my only one. I also am on the eternal mission of finding the perfect pair of black pants. Just ask my Stitching Sister how ridiculous this can be. In April, we spent a half hour laughing over how many pairs of black pants I took with me on a week long Stitching Sisters business trip. In the photo below, you can see two large black blobs on the floor in the foreground. That my friends, is nine pairs of black pants.

Tell me what’s you’re favorite go-to purchase. Do you have a tendency to buy the same thing over and over again?  Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Posh Pincushions.

Last week we asked if you were on Facebook or not.  The winner of the Five Star Fonts gift card is…Cathy Grace!

“Yes I am on Facebook. I mostly lurk, look at pictures of family, friends, etc but am enjoying that many of the websites I frequent are now on Facebook also! Its fun to see the “new” ideas along with messages from family and friends. I love seeing what others have made, embroidered ,sewn, etc along with messages from friends and family!”

Congratulations, Cathy!

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