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

Re-fashion: band & logo shirts

I hate t-shirts.  I never wear them.  When you’re a busty gal, even “girly-fit” t-shirts (oh, how I hate that descriptor) don’t fit right, largely because of a hideous mix of low-stretch knit and boxy cut….

I also don’t like the idea of being a walking advertisement for someone else’s product without some sort of personal benefit…

These aspects combined, mean that generally the only time you’ll see me in a branded shirt is if you come over to help me paint or putter in the garden.

There are, however a (very) few exceptions… I attended a large conference a number of years ago (actually, I attended a few years in a row) and ended up getting their t-shirt.  Rather than adding it to the dust-rag or donation bin, it went into a ‘re-fashion’ pile – clothing I need to update, alter, or in some other way re-fashion into something else.  There are also band t-shirts.  While I have no interest advertising a sports team or business (even where I work…) on my chest, sharing the love of all things Cello-Metal (Finnish metal/hard-rock cello group Apocalyptica) or beloved Scandinavian melo-death Metal is a lot more tolerable… shirts from concerts and other events have been added to that same ‘re-fashion’ pile, just waiting for me to have the time, energy, and inspiration to recycle these shapeless knit blobs into something a little more wearable.

A number of people have asked me how I re-make my shirts, and if I’ll help them do the same, so I figured I’d make a blog post to show off what I’ve done, and how to do the same.

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