T-shirt, meet scissors: A rebellion against cotton price hikes
This story about about the rising price of cotton, by our own Deal Diva Stephanie, made me think of a weekend I spent with my mother a couple years back. A craft fanatic, she bought a book called something like "1,000,001 Uses For Old T-shirts," featuring pages and pages of insane concoctions made from the humble cotton t-shirt. There was even a wedding dress made from a bunch of white t-shirts cut up and stitched together. Totes, bracelets, scarves, peasant skirts ... There's no limit to what the t-shirt can do!
I don't consider myself a brilliant craftswoman, so I was really surprised at how easy some of these designs were. We stuck to the more simple t-shirt reconstruction, nothing that required a needle and thread, just scissors and our hands. In a few hours, we went through two bags of thrift store tees, turning baggy shirts with elementary school or fertilizer company logos into cute, fitted tops with bows and off-the-shoulder sleeves.
The easiest one turned out to be the one I wear the most, especially when I need a punk rock-ish outfit for a show. You can see me modeling it here to the above left, at Fubar in downtown St. Petersburg. I don't know why my eyes look crazy. But look at my shirt! It took about a minute and 20 seconds to cut slits along the sleeves. What should have been a yard work shirt is now a timeless fashion statement. Or something.
Anyway, if you go to Etsy.com or just Google "reconstructed t-shirts", you can find lots of cute ideas for recycling t-shirts into cool things. I love this shirt titled "Business in the Front, Party in the Back" (right) by St. Augustine's "Exaltation" on Etsy, as well as this red ruffle scarf made by "Hoogs" in Denver.
Deal Diva Emily
Photos: iStockphoto.com, someone at a bar, Etsy.com.