Added Sep 13, 2013
London, United K...
Over the last few weeks I made a whole lot of recycled T-shirts. As with most stuff I make these days, these are all made entirely from recycling old garments. Most t-shirts you see out there are plain block colours or simple stripes, and don’t even fit that well. But working like this you can quickly create a great variety of interesting, unique T-shirts, and as I said about denim, there are so many T-shirts and jersey dresses and skirts around just waiting to be remade into something new.
The pattern is one I drafted myself. There are a few variations on some – for example sleeve length, unfinished flat collars on a couple, stitched together panels for some of the fronts or backs.
All screen prints shown here hand-screened by me. A couple more designs and prints can be seen on my blog.
Disclaimer: some design elements were taken from other work, but I think all are good for personal use.
I’m working on a tutorial for drafting your own personal T-shirt pattern, and then will move on to cutting and sewing instructions and so on, hopefully I will post that there soon as well.
Most of the bodies are made from large t-shirts or jersey dresses. For sleeves and collar bands I found you can use smaller things like blouses and skirts, which often have more interesting patterns.
It’s a good idea to use fabrics of similar weight for any given project, or you may end up with weirdness especially at the armhole seams.
For collar bands, since ribbing can be harder to find and pricey, I just use stretchier pieces of jersey, it tends to work fine if you’re careful sewing it on.