Re-fashion: band & logo shirts (part three)

Stam1na t-shirt re-fashion (iPhone photo)

Stam1na t-shirt re-fashion (iPhone photo)

I have even more t-shirt upcycle projects to share with you…

If you’re interested in making a boxy, unfitted t-shirt fit better, or maybe just make it a little more funky and interesting, and a little less ‘off-the-shelf’ I hope some of these ideas will give you some motivation to try some t-shirt surgery yourself! 😉

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Saving signatures with machine embroidery

Paavo's signature on one of my two Apocalyptica t-shirts

Paavo’s signature on one of my two Apocalyptica t-shirts

This is mostly a photo post today…

Apocalyptica is one of my favourite bands – they play metal and hard rock with cellos, adding in a drummer and sometimes a vocalist.  Over the years I’ve had the chance to meet them after the show or during Meet & Greets a few times, and the last time I was able to get all of the artist’s signatures on the tour shirt. Continue reading

2018 Grandmother’s Fabric Sale

Just part of the line up to get into the 2015 Grandmother's fabric sale

Just part of the line up to get into the 2015 Grandmother’s fabric sale

Today is the first day of the 2-day Grandmother’s Fabric Sale for 2018! Who will I see down at 5010 Spruce Drive S.W. in Calgary today or tomorrow?

I love this annual fabric and yarn sale, first because the prices are great, the selection is always unique and interesting, and the proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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More circle skater skirts

Green matte PVC spandex circle skater skirt (worn with my altered Stam1na t-shirt)

Green matte PVC spandex circle skater skirt (worn with my altered Stam1na t-shirt)

In mid-February I posted about a silver glitter circle skirt and a red spandex velvet circle skirt. When I was done making them, I was going to work on another project, but was kind of loving them.. and wanted to add a few more to my wardrobe too.

Laying out the pattern for a high-low circle skater skirt in camo-print knit fabric.

Laying out the pattern for a high-low circle skater skirt in camo-print knit fabric.

I did one skirt in a camouflage print knit, and another in a matte PVC spandex. The camo knit is the same fabric I used for a dress in 2016 (I still have some leftover… not sure what I’ll do with it). It’s a fairly thin knit, and the print isn’t quite as bold as I’d like… but it was the nicest camo knit I could find at the time. The fabric was from Fabricland in Calgary.

Sewing a twin-needle hem on the camo-print knit skirt.

Sewing a twin-needle hem on the camo-print knit skirt.

The PVC is an army/olive green, and has a matte finish rather than the usual shiny PVC. Because of the spandex back, it has moderate stretch, though not nearly as much as the camo knit. I think it was sold for matte PVC leggings; I bought it in a few colours… (and made up leggings in the blue in 2016 as well). The fabric was from Marshall’s in Edmonton.

Stitching the elastic down in the waistband of the green PVC skirt. A few stitches through the fabric and elastic will keep the elastic from twisting.

Stitching the elastic down in the waistband of the green PVC skirt. A few stitches through the fabric and elastic will keep the elastic from twisting.

These ones used the same pattern I drafted – with a 16″ back length and a 13″ front length (tapering together at the sides), no seams, and a sewn-on waistband. This time however I enclosed the elastic in the waistband before sewing the band to the skirt, and hemmed both of them with a twin-needle stitch.

Using a twin-needle stitch for the hem of the green PVC circle skater skirt.

Using a twin-needle stitch for the hem of the green PVC circle skater skirt.

The twin-needle stitch gives a nice professional-looking finish on a narrow hem on the outside of the garment, but because the reverse is a zig-zag, it keeps some stretch. That isn’t so important on a loose skirt like this (which won’t be strained by walking) but is still a good idea for knits.

Green matte PVC spandex circle skater skirt.

Green matte PVC spandex circle skater skirt.

Since the PVC would mark quite a bit with pins, I used my finest pins sparingly to pin up the hem on the skirt. If this had been a different fabric I could have pressed it or basted it from the wrong side to get an even hem… but this was a good compromise.