Reconstructed T-shirt Ideas

Do you reconstruct your own t-shirts? T-shirts are probably one of the most popular reconstruction projects for sewers of all levels. EVERYONE has got a t-shirt in their drawer that they don’t wear anymore, so why not put it back to good use? I know that there are many books already on t-shirt reconstruction, but, just in case you’re not one of the owners of them, I thought I’d give you a few of my favorite reconstructed t-shirt ideas.

  • Do you hang your laundry on the line to dry? When I started doing this, I had a dilema of sorts regarding where to keep my clothes pins in my reach. I opened up one of those forgotten t-shirts into a rectangle, cut slits around all sides to make strips that I could tie around the holes in the basket so my clothes pins wouldn’t fall through, and voila… new again!
  • Tube tops… now who doesn’t like a great tube top to throw over your bathing suit during the summer? This one is very simple… just cut straight across at the underarms, then hem the top. Now, if you’re wanting a tube top out of a baggy t-shirt, there are a couple of ways to go about it. First, same as above instructions but add a strip of elastic that measures slightly smaller than your pit to pit measurement and sew that into the hem (this creates a nice flowy tube that’s not too constricting). Or, you could simply start with the cutting at the underarms, then try the top on inside out and pinning it down the sides to make it fit more snuggly, sew sides and hem top. Instant summer!
  • You’re not still using plastic grocery bags are you? Well, if you’ve got those spare t-shirts on hand and are thinking of making the switch to reuseable bags, here’s your answer. Cut arms off, cut collar off and cut it down a bit longer on the back of the shirt to match the front, sew the hem (bottom) of the t-shirt together, and there you have it… reuseable bag with handles!

No matter your level of craftiness, t-shirt reconstruction is definitely attainable. Here are a few of my favorites available on Etsy just in case you’re not feeling too outrageously crafty. The first one is from Kdottie and looks to be one of the most comfortable skirts I have ever seen, and the second is from HaschenDesign; I just love the color of this one!

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New Tag Lines & Logo

I’ve been working with a professional graphic designer on a new logo and am very excited to get a new look! In the process of proofing she also sent some tag lines over for me to check out. What do you think of the following tag lines?

“reclaimed fashion”, “bringing new life to yesterday’s fashions”, “recycled.reworked.remarkable”

I think they’re all pretty awesome! I’m looking forward to showing off my new logo and new look! In the mean time, here’s a few of my current reconstructed favorites on Etsy for you to enjoy. The first one is called dollhouse jumper by NENEE. Isn’t it just adorable? She made it out of a maternity dress! The second reconstruction is called ‘candy suckle dress’ by heidiandseek. I really love the classic uniqueness of this dress; it’s just a bit funky but still really cute without going over the top!

Friday’s Reconstructed Finds on Etsy

This Friday I’ve gone for reconstructed fashion items from fellow Trashion Team members… enjoy!

How cute is this tunic top from fisheye? I absolutely love tunics… they always seem to portray a put-together look while still giving you plenty of room to breathe, relax & be comfy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, I know that summer is ending soon & mini’s will get put on the back burner, but this one from RunzwithScissors is too cute to store away for a whole season! What a fabulously rich chocolate brown! Pair with some cute cream colored leggings & some boots… voila… fall attire!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one will probably throw you off a bit. It’s an unattached hood! How cool is that! Fairytalefibers makes these great hoods out of upcycled wool that are the perfect fall accessory. Who wouldn’t want a warm, eco-friendly, non-bulky hood for those drizzly days?

 

So, don’t be shy… give reconstruction a try!  HAHAHA  I had to! But seriously, these are just many of the unique fashion statements available out there that will help lessen our impact on the environment just by doing what we love already… SHOPPING!

Today’s Reconstructed Etsy Finds

Hi reconstructed fashionistas… here are a few of my current favorite reconstructed finds on Etsy! Looks like I may have fall on the mind, what do you think?

Orange Plaid Ruffle Wrap $36 from ednaandwilhemina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custom PCEnLUV lunchbag lined with fused plastic $26 by nectorgirl

 

 

 

 

 

no woman no cry $25 by bravegrrl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know at least one of these appeals to you! Go on, give reconstructed fashion a try… you and your environment will love it!

A Few Reconstructed Favorites

Here are a few of my current reconstructed favorites on Etsy (aside from my shop of course 😉 )

JunkhouseDollyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LillianDietel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DolledUpDesigns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know… why would I post photos AND links of other reconstructed fashion designers? 

Simple… I would love to bring more traffic into the world reconstructed fashion. I know that I’m just one person and can not clothe everyone out there, so I hope those that don’t shop my store will at the very least check out the awesome ones above!