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Day 27: New Life for Old Tees

Day 28: Pretty in Paisley Dress
Day 26: A Most Practical Bolero

Today’s piece began as two damaged tees that didn’t really stand a chance on their own.

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Two Sad Tees πŸ™

The grey shirt is one of my favorites that has been so loved that I’ve worn a few holes in it near the bottom.Β  :/

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Holes!

The orange shirt was a freebie, covered in grease stains.Β  πŸ™

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Spots!

So…the bottom of my favorite tee is damaged and everything butΒ the bottom of the orange tee is damaged.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? πŸ™‚

First, I chopped off the bottom of the grey tee.

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Chop!

Then, I chopped off the bottom of the orange tee.

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Chop!

I trimmed the orange piece to me the same size as the bottom of the grey tee.

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...just a tad bigger for the seam allowance.

I stitched the raw edges on the side of the orange piece together, and then I pinned it to the bottom of the grey shirt.

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Pin 'em!

I ran it through my machine…

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Almost done!

…and now I’ve saved my favorite tee!Β  πŸ™‚

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Checking out my handiwork!
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I think I like my tee even better!

Not too shabby, eh?Β  This is a big part of what refashioning is all about…finding creative ways to make do with what you already have, rather than just tossing your clothes out and buying new ones.Β  By extending the life cycle of our clothes, we’re not only able to keep the things we like longer, we’re also keeping textiles out of the landfill.Β  These are both awesome things.Β  πŸ™‚

I wore my new tee to a Chinese Buffet that I crave once every year (I don’t know why).Β  This place is so odd…they play xylophone covers of classic rock songs, which just cracks me up!Β  πŸ™‚

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That ain't healthy. :/
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Ah yes...Barbeque Ribs! A traditional Chinese dish!

Cheers!

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11 Comments

  • Kelsey Alyce Wieneke

    I seriously LOVE Target’s boyfriend tees. I have 4 in different colors. πŸ™‚ I bought them in a size larger because I seriously love how they fit a little baggy. I think mine is about to go, though. I’ve had it a good 5 years. πŸ™

  • Erin W

    I have this serious problem where all of my shirts get tiny holes in the bottom similar to the gray shirt, I really mean every single one! I’ve seen something similar before except in the middle under the boobage area. I have yet to try but the bottom idea but I think it seems less scary to me as I am not a super sewer…person…

  • Cara

    Wearing the same (original) gray tee today – picked mine up at Goodwill πŸ™‚ Didn’t require refashioning though – you’ve given me LOTS of inspiration, it’s going to be hard to stay away from thrift stores now (even more hard I should say).

  • Katy

    For future grease stains try washing with dish detergent for really set in ones put the detergent right on the stain and soak for a little bit. if you like the color of the garment make sure your detergent does not have bleach in it. This trick has taken out not only grease but chocolate milk, and formula stains… really any food stain should come out this way.

  • elaineziman

    I’ve had my dryer stick grease stains on shirts. I just treat the spots with a little Dawn and then rewash. Poof. no more grease stains until the next time the dryer acts out.

  • Holli

    LOVE this! This is such a great idea, period. As a person who is “slightly” older than you, and a “tad” larger than you, most new tees are too short for me. And, no one needs to see my midriff. Seriously. Oh, I am going to be doing this trick right here!!!!!

    • Kristin

      Agree- my tees tend to shrink upwards and my washboard abs are nonexistent! Great idea- I might try to mix some patterns too..

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