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Is there anyone here who can suggest to me how a plain t-shirt can be customised into something utterly gasp-worthy cool and never-seen-before-on-earth?

My collection of t-shirts is so plain that I literally look like a non-person in them. I am not exaggerating. I need help. So here are some details:

1. All of my t-shirts have pretty standard necklines – square-ish scoops, not-too-low v, high scoops. The square-ish scoop neck is the trickiest for me, because I can’t imagine what to do with it.

2. I am not interested in girly things like sequins and beads – I’m talking crazy scissor lady customisations here.

3. My ambition is bigger than my skill, so feel free to suggest things that I don’t really know how to do.

THANKS to any and all with some help for me!!!


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    Apr 10, 2012, 11.19 PMby bjr99

    Take a look at “Generation T 108 ways to transform a T-Shirt” by Megan Nicolay. She has some fantastic ideas as to what to do with a t-shirt. Can’t tell you how many times I refer to this book for inspiration.

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    Apr 12, 2012, 07.06 PMby jenss-1

    Try this blog: There are also a couple of free patterns on the sidebar.

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    Apr 19, 2012, 07.15 PMby mickeygirl

    just image googe t-shirt surgery or t-shirt refashion. You are likely to find something that you like by a photo rather than just going to a tutorial website.

    Except I like this website with videos.

    Either putting elastic to pull up the sides or front is different. Slashing and then using a crochet hook to latch it up then tack.

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    Apr 20, 2012, 06.48 PMby Shelby Morgan

    You could dye them somehow, thats what i do

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    Apr 21, 2012, 12.36 AMby notdeadredhead

    Check out a reverse applique! It’s pretty fun, easy, and definitely unique! I first learned about it/tried it on a baby dress for a friend’s baby after seeing it on the totally awesome blog “I am Momma Hear Me Roar”. She’s got some other fun ideas too! Enjoy!

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    Jul 29, 2014, 08.56 PMby Lidia Esther

    Generation T will give you tons of ideas.

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    Jul 31, 2014, 02.37 PMby purplefan

    There are about 3-4 books out there about taking one or two or three t-shirts and scissoring them or altering them to create looks: casual/hanging out tops, club tops, sporty tops. Think there is a skirt or two also fashioned from t-shirts. Have to be comfortable mixing colours.

    T-Shirt Makeovers: 20 Transformations for Fabulous Fashions-Sistahs of Harlem (very fashion forward but good range of ideas)

    Altered Clothing-Hip Fixes and Transformations with A Needle and Thread-Kathleen Maggio

    Rip It-How to Deconstruct and Reconstruct the Clothes of Your Dreams-Elissa K. Meyrich

    Now since you mention they are plain tops and you don’t like obvious embellishments, it seems like ruching, darts and pleats might be more in-line with your alteration expectations. Maybe you want to add a different thread colour and just stitch colourful lines all over the sleeves or put your own logo on the left chest area.

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