Ok-so they may not be vintage but I use a lot of tee shirts in my Kikis Rewind Designs. Tees, especially old tees are great sources for the words I use in my reclaimed fabric collages like the “Green Me” bag below.
But great words or not– there’s no way I was going to cut up a very cool tee best-pal Melissa brought me from the Botanical Gardens in Rio de Janeiro . I wanted to wear it proudly. Only one problem– most tee shirts look terrible on me.
Here’s how I remade Melissa’s gift into a knit top I love to wear–
2) Match shoulder seams and fold side ways. ( Remember cutting out valentines in elementary school? Same kind of fold)
3) Now cut a new neckline (top photo), sticking pretty close to the original band at back and shoulder seams, but taking a little scoop in the front. (Not too much–you’ll can always cut off more, but you can’t add it back.)
4) After trying your shirt on, press and turn under a narrow hem (1/4 to 3/8 inch). Tee shirt knit doesn’t ravel, so the raw edge is fine
Thanks for the great shirt, Melissa. It’s one I really love to wear.
Final Note: If you’re harvesting words from old tees, make sure to also repurpose the rest of the shirt. All-cotton knit makes great rags for cleaning, painting and furniture staining. I always have a box of tee scraps in the garage and it’s very, very useful. So save that fabric too!