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T-Shirt Re-Birth Creative Sewing with Londa

I sew….creatively to challenge myself.  For an experience.  To conquer and achieve a garment that is ONE-OF-A-KIND!

I was delighted to find the Yada Sisterhood – a wonderful monthly, uplifting and spiritual Christian experience with other women here in my new town of Jackson, TN.  At my first meeting (yes, I went in alone and was totally welcomed…) I just had to ‘invest’ in some ‘fabric’ to have fun with …. some day.

Well, when I learned that the ‘colors to wear’ for October would be Pink and Black, plus needing some ‘creative sanity sewing time, PLUS needing a new garment to show/teach with at the American Sewing Expo in Novi, MI, these 2 T’s and this project hopped to the top of the pile!

Here are the 2 T-shirts I purchased.  Get your creative spirit in gear here – think of some T’s you might have (or need to purchase) of your favorite sport team, cause…….


I should have realized it when purchasing, but when I pulled them out, it was clear that the ‘pink’s would NOT work together.  The upper one is a cool undertone pink, and the lower is a warm (coral) undertone pink.  The lower one will perhaps become a lighter weight T-Shirt, combined with another T for spring/summer.  LESSON:  You do NOT have to use what you start out thinking you should/or that you want to use.  


To sew this way, you absolutely MUST have a FABRIC STASH!  That is a rule that canNOT be broken!  ‘Diving’ into my black box of knits, I found remnants of this great hot pink sprinkled black ruffle fabric, and this eeensy weensy black knit dress, AND a good piece of black Sophia – a great ponte knit.  For some ‘jazz’, I eyed one of my STRIPE collection – this black and white.  While I personally never wear all black and white, for a trim – it’s OK.

LESSON:  Dive in – get STARTED!  Test ideas, and let yourself CUT into your ‘stuff’!  LESSON:  Always cut larger than you think you might want/need.  


1st:  I knew I wouldn’t want a short sleeve jacket or top – certainly not the T-shirt sleeve, so off they came.  Fabric?  Yep – opened up  = FABRIC!   Safe, EASY step.  Gets the scissors working.

2nd:  Cut ribbing off the T-shirt WITH leaving a seam allowance.  I leave in a circle for the time being.  I didn’t actually used this ribbing in this project, but I sure SAVED IT in my PINK Stash Box.


3rd:  Cut out any ‘words’ or images you might want to use.  Just CUT – remember to go LARGER.  Not my ‘artful’ cutting of the words:  Pray-Obey-Love-Repeat.  


OK – so I have ‘stuff’ cut out of the T’s.  What should I use for the jacket base – the Back?  I had started to think I wanted a darker, more ‘fall/winter’ jacket than a lightweight jacket.  Another DIVE into the Black Knit Box reveals this TEENY knit dress.  See how tiny it is?  That’s my (big) foot next to it.  However, it IS big enough for the Back of the jacket.  So – I cut it out.  See 2nd photo below.  HOWEVER, I made a MISTAKE that I later needed to add back in – I cut the armhole correctly – as I knew I would insert sleeves rather than the cap sleeve silhouette.  But, I also cut the lower neckline – WHY?  Dunno – it got stitched back in and covered up later on.  LESSON:  You can fix most ANY ‘mistake’ when you sew!