DIY T-shirt into Mini-Dress Refashion

January 30, 2016 § 1 Comment

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My eternal dilemma is that I get drunk and buy T-shirts when I’m out at shows, and then have no idea how to actually wear them, because I prefer to wear dresses over leggings. So when my mom gave me a sewing machine for Christmas, I was stoked, because it was time to unleash all my Pinterest browsing unto my closet. First up: a Total Fest T-shirt that’s always been a little too short to wear without a tank-top underneath. Now it’s a saucy lil’ Total dress!

If you’re a DIY-er who’d like to try a similar T-shirt refashion, here’s some explanation about what I did. As is the custom of my people, I didn’t read any instructions or advice for how to do this, and kinda winged it the whole way through.

Warning: I have no idea if this is how you’re supposed to do this, because I haven’t had any sewing lessons since the last Bush administration. Using a serger would be hella easier than the way I did it, but I don’t have a serger, so this is how we do. If you do know about sewing and can tell me how to do this better, by all means hit me up in the comments.

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We begin with our T-shirt that’s going to be the top of the dress. I picked this one because it already fit my shoulders and chest really well, so I didn’t have to do any re-sizing there. I trimmed off about six inches from the bottom, because I was going to attach other shirts to that.

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Then I picked two other T-shirts that were a similar soft cotton/poly blend that’s slightly stretchy. Yay for stretch! It’s forgiving if you’re a noob and lazy about doing proper measurements.

So I cut the purple and green shirts into rectangular sections. Then I just pinned right sides together and stitched across for each section. I used the 01 stitch on my Singer sewing machine, because it seemed like it would make for a stronger seam than just the 00 one. This would come back to haunt me when I had to rip stitches out later.

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Getting all the seams to align is where I think I screwed up. Instead of attaching each section in two different front/back strips, and then seaming the sides, I should have left the strips of T-shirt whole, pinned them all around and then sewn it, the way you’d attach a sleeve or something. But this didn’t occur to me when I was drinking beer in my bathrobe on Sunday morning, now did it?

The green fabric on the bottom was from an oversized men’s T-shirt, which gave me enough fabric to cover my ass, albeit not generously. I was careful to attach it so the original hem of the shirt could serve as the hem of the dress. I also left little side slits so it wouldn’t be quite as tight.

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yeah, rigid precision is not my strong point

Unfortunately, I didn’t size the skirt generously enough the first time, and had to spend an hour ripping out the seams and re-pinning and sewing it to be much wider. This is what I get for just eyeballing it instead of doing any measuring or sizing. You can kind of see below where the side seam is a little wonky. There’s also some small holes because I’m bad at ripping out seams. It wouldn’t be punk rock without some shoddy handiwork, right?FullSizeRender[1]

Here’s a last look at the finished project. It might be a little rough around the edges, but it’s cute and super comfortable. See you in the pit!

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party on,

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time to chuck your pantera shirt I guess

January 28, 2016 § Leave a comment

Yeah… that dude from Pantera is racist, guys, let’s not pretend otherwise. The Hard Times crushed it with this one.

if ya think I’m sexy

January 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

Shout-out to Orange Street Food Farm’s speakers today because they played Rod Stewart, and I was reminded that it’s been a while since I played this song on repeat. Possiby my favorite thing about Rod Stewart: He’s an avid model-railroad enthusiast and brings his whole setup on tour with him.

My other favorite thing about Rod Stewart: THOSE PANTS.

Come on sugar, let me know.

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Lick it, yeah

January 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

Oh dude, have you checked out this Minneapolis band Tongue Party?

I thought to myself, “We gotta get them for Total Fest” and then remembered… :’O

but no really if you want some meaty guitars, half-discernable yelling vocals and sludgy pop in your day, get after it.

WHAT UP 2016 LET’S DO THIS

January 15, 2016 § Leave a comment

HEY I RUN A WEBSITE STILL NO REALLY I DO

Firstly: David Bowie. Moment of silence. I am legit sad about this. Glass Spiders are supposed to be doing another Bowie tribute night at the Top Hat on March 5 and it is likely that I will just bawl through the whole thing.

Moving on.

Here are some things to look forward to in following weeks:

Friday the 22nd, Dear Rabbit, which I recall being a fun psychfolky Arizona band but dont’ quote me on that, graces the VFW along with Petunia and Rock & Roll Girlfriend. W00t!

January 29th, the Berning Man mini-festival starts at 2 PM in support of Bernie Sanders! With bands including Cairns, Tiny Plastic Stars, Idaho Green and Helena’s Star Cocoon, plus local artists and all the ridiculous Bernie puns you can handle.

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January 30, one Jason McMackin, Esq., celebrates his birthday with a show that will probably be a sober and dignified affair. Oh, wait, except Total Combined Weight is playing. HAW.

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