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TGIF! To round up this very productive week , I want to share with you my new favorite no sew DIY t shirt upcycling idea: the chevron tee. Take one look at my modern vintage boutique website background and you will see I LOVE the chevron fashion trend and think it goes very well with the Civilian Style name considering it comes from a military background, like me (believe it or not). But I digress....chevrons are obviously a huge fashion trend for 2013 and you can be thrifty and in-style by creating your own one of a kind chevron tee. This super easy DIY tutorial will show you how to make a feminine women's one shoulder style with a painted chevron although this upcyling idea could work for a men's or kid's shirt as well. Heck you could even use this chevron technique on a canvas tote or cute apron! I seriously want to put one on everything :) T shirt DIY projects are so popular because just about everyone has a pile of t shirts lying around (maybe I will wear it as a nightgown?). Also, you can find vintage tees at thrift stores for a buck, and you can't beat a $1 makeover. Jersey t shirt fabric also performs well when left with a raw unhemmed edge, which makes upcycling a breeze. Ok enough pep talk, check out this DIY tutorial by Anne Hollabaugh for the I Love to Create Blog and get to creating! I hope you have a blessed and perfect weekend.
Upcycling this vintage Willie Nelson concert t-shirt was an easy way to create a sweet braided racerback tank top. I used a rotary cutter to get clean edges and then cut off the sleeves, the neck and the bottom hem. If you are planning to sell upcycled clothes, attention to detail will make them look a bit more professional. This is why I also measure and mark my cuts with a washable pencil. Next, make 3 cuts in the back: 1 horizontal and then 2 evenly spaced vertically. Braid the vertical strips created with the cuts and then attach the braid with a sewing machine to give it lots of strength. You can use a leftover strip of fabric to cover the stitch connecting the braid to the top. I added a little pop of detail and color to this vintage tee by hand sewing some large stitches with red embroidery thread. Voila! A perfect little tank with a bit of musical attitude :)
Jennifer lives in south Louisiana and believes that almost anything can be done yourself.