Saturday, 9 November 2013

Three Blues Refashioned T-Shirt

refashioned t-shirt made in 3 blues
3 blues refashioned T-shirt

My latest Alabama Chanin inspired refashion above. It's not perfect but I love it. I have already completed several refashioned T-shirts with another Alabama Chanin pattern. (I see that I have already posted about the beginnings of this project, but I will repeat it in the interests of the story.) 

My past AC t-shirts were two pieces (not counting the sleeves). This time I wanted to try the four piece version with a seam up the front and the back.  

Above is the initial inspiration. I wanted the front and back necklines to be higher, and I wanted short sleeves, so there was a bit of going back and forth between two patterns (the previous one has sleeves).

Here are the men's thrifted t-shirts that I had to choose from. I ended up using the 2 on the left and the bottom middle one, saving the winged guitar and the lighter green for another time.

Using my altered pattern, I am trying to figure out where I want the logo. I am not interested in what the logo says, I am looking at it as a graphic. I like the typeface and the colours.

I didn't like the neckline so here I am trying to shape it in a similar way to this old purple favourite.

I have cut it all out and am deciding on thread colours. 

These t-shirts are entirely hand-sewn. You can see the seams in this photo. 

And here I begin the top-stitching. I always use top-stitching on these hand-sewn t-shirts. Because I relish the opportunity for more colour, and because I don't entirely trust one line of running stitch to hold the seam together.

After adding the sleeves, the final stage is finishing the neckline. The sleeves edges and the bottom aren't hemmed.

Three Blues refashioned T-shirt

As you can see, the fit is not perfect. I need to bring it in a bit around the waist. I don't want it too fitted but I can get rid of the little overlapping doohicky bit.

Three Blues refashioned T-shirt

And because I have a sway back, it would be good to take a little out of the middle back as well. Next time. I love the colours.

Do you think the half logo works in the front? My husband doesn't like it.