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when it’s not too cool/cold out, the kids at our town’s nursery and elementary schools can wear a white t-shirt instead of a school smock. this makes me very happy, because i really don’t like the smocks very much and then we only have two of them, so if i can’t wash them right away, they get a bit gunky.
but really, i’m not a huge fan of white t-shirts, either. they’re just too boring. last year i spruced up one white t-shirt so as to cover some stains and quit being so boring.. but we still had these three t-shirts in dire need of a bit of pizzazz.
this is where these t-shirt left-overs from other projects (recognize that color blue?) come in.
i cut out two circles of the same size (next time i’ll use a plate or something to make it a bit more even!) and i pinned them to the front of the shirt with the grain of the fabric going in the same direction.
i started drawing on a spiral with a water-soluble pen, but then i realized that i could use the sewing machine’s foot as a distance guide.
then i sewed the spiral (a bit irregular, but it doesn’t matter for what i did). i left about 1/4 inch from the outer edge and about 1/2 inch between the lines.
i almost wanted to keep it like that. but i carried on. i got out the scissors…
…and i started cutting. you slip the scissors between the upper layers and the t-shirt and you cut. if the seams are close enough, it’s easier because there’s just the right space for the tips to slip through and not slip. the parts that you can see cut more irregularly had wider spaces. already interesting…
…but after washing it (or wetting, wringing and drying it), the t-shirt strips roll (like with these projects) and the effect is pretty cool!
then i did another, but this time making smaller circles with three layers: white above and below and a different shade of blue in the middle of each. this time i sewed better because i realized i could move the needle towards the right for the outer stitching and towards the left for the inner stitching, as always using the foot as a guide. much better this way!
but cutting was a tad more complicated because there were no spaces to slip the scissors into. i used a seam ripper to make a little cut, being VERY careful not to cut into the t-shirt below.
and the rest with scissors.
after having washed and dried it, you can see the colors under the curled white, exactly the effect i was going for, like a touch of color hidden amid the white. success! the only thing is that i’d wanted to embellish in a way that would work for my son when he gets bigger and needs white t-shirts (like this cat shirt i made for my daughter and he now wears). but i have a feeling that these are a bit too girly. or not? what do you think?
speaking of boring school clothes, i don’t like plain (and ugly!!) school smocks nor the ones with cartoon and other characters on them (too commercial and expensive!!). last year i did a little bit of sprucing up of my daughter’s smocks and this year i did it again, with iron-on patches she chose. she chose that sparkly elephant months prior to the start of school because she wanted me to do it again!