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A long while ago I bought a crafting book that I’d originally seen at a friend’s house. It is a lovely little book called Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt, and I’ve been waiting for the perfect excuse to break it out and try some of the patterns in it. Whilst attending a school production of the Vagina Monologues last month, I came across the perfect opportunity to do just that. They had these lovely purple t-shirts with the production logo on it, and all of the proceeds from their sales went to charity. Unfortunately, they no longer had my size in stock by the time I went to buy one. Undaunted, I bought one anyway, knowing I had the perfect solution waiting on my shelf at home.

After carefully pouring through the book several times to settle on which pattern I wanted to work with first, I finally settled on one that involves lots of cutting and lots of lacing, and sat down and got to work this week.

Working on the VDay t-shirt

The pattern calls for cutting out the sleeves, then removing 2-3 inches from either side of the shirt. The problem I ran into is that the shirt itself is so large of a size that in order for me to remove the right amount from the sides I had to re-cut the curved shape of the sleeves further into the shirt, or else I’d loose them all together. Once I’d figured that out I started work on cutting all the tiny little holes for laces that I’d need.

I used my pair of Fiskars Embroidery Scissors to snip out tiny holes along the sides of the shirt for the laces. Then I wrapped the ends of the t-shirt shreds I was going to lace with in tape to make it easier to thread them through the holes. I’ve still got a few steps left to complete the shirt, and I’m going to play with the design a bit more before I call it done. So far though, I like the way it’s progressing and I can’t wait to finish it!

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