Project: Customized tshirts

What to do when you have a whole bunch of t-shirts that you never get to wear? Give them away? Put them all on in order to keep you warm? Nope. Transforming them is the answer.

So, I found myself with a few t-shirts with cute or funny designs, but otherwise quite plain and rather boyish. The idea of customizing them had been haunting me for quite a while but I didn’t figure out exactly what to do until one sleepless night. I grabbed my good old friends: a pair of scissors, a needle and some thread and I added a little magic in the form of ribbons and chains.

Seriously now, I cut off the sleeves, the collar and a deep V in the back and after a little measuring I sewed the ribbon and the chain and got what you see in the pictures. Geeky t-shirts with a feminine touch.

The wonderful t-shirts had been bought from threadless.com, and while we’re at it, here you can get a glimpse of how they used to look before: black one and white one.

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Project: Gold chain bag with blue satin

For us, this was the Everest of projects . It took us 6 months to make and it was the starting point of this blog. I cannot describe the steps we made to create it because it took so long that I forgot when we did what 🙂 At the beginning we wanted to make two bags but when we realized that it was harder to do then to talk we put all our efforts in building one.

I first what to say that this is our first bag made from scratch, so please be gentle :)). We bought the same material in 4 different colors (navy blue with electric blue and charcoal black with purple haze).  The exterior was darker and the interior had the bright color. The blueprint for this bag was for a clutch model, we wanted to make it a 2 in 1, you could wear it also on your shoulder when you got tired of carrying it in your hand.

The biggest problem we encountered was finding the right chain. The quest was for a sandy gold chain that could fit a satin rope through it and the only store in town was actually a hardware shop. I will not go through all the details because they make me laugh looking back at us, but in the end the bag incorporated 10m of hard metal that weighted about 5kg.

The model of the chain wasn’t easy to use, after we inserted the satin rope so we had to sew it manually one link at a time with invisible string . We didn’t use a closing mechanism because the chain layer was heavy enough to stay in place and to protect the contents of the bag. W used a cardboard rectangular to ensure the shape and to sustain the metal façade.

The experience was enlightening for us, we learned manly what not to do when designing and making a bag. But bold and crazy ideas are still popping in our heads! 🙂

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Project: Chains and satin shoelaces

On my walks through our Old City I (re)discovered the only fabric and textile store remaining.  They have a wide collection of fabrics but given the fact that I had no plan to make any clothes and I couldn’t just leave the store empty handed, I bought two chains (one, golden looking and the other one had a metal industrial look to it) and three satin shoelaces (green apple, imperial velvet and electric blue).

I actually had no real plan for them but on my way home I just knew I had to make something out of them that night. So I did the only thing that has been obsessing me for a couple of months now – the chain and fabric combo.

So, with the metal looking chain I made two necklaces, using the green and the blue satin shoelace. The best part is that you can also wear them as a bracelet.

The golden chain was tricky because the store sold me their last meter of chain. It was too bling bling to wear it like a necklace so I decided to cut it into seven parts and form an elegant bracelet.

The thing that I didn’t take into account at first was the closing mechanism. So I had no choice but to complicate the procedure and use regular string to bind the seven small chains together. For now I use a golden gift wrapping string so I can wear it on emergency clubbing nights 🙂 but I do need a solid closing system.

 

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