Megan Nicolay's new book "Generation T:
108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt" offers a collection of stylish
ideas to help convert the ubiquitous T-shirt into a personal statement.
Nicolay, who learned to sew from her mother, a professional clothing designer, shows how to turn
ordinary shirts into trendy clothing and more - a basic tote bag, leg warmers, drawstring purse and pillows,
just to name a few - with ample illustrations, clear diagrams and suggested pattern variations.
She also provides a wealth of "Tee Trivia" - did you know that
"the T-shirt was originally worn as men's underwear. Not until the 1970s
was the T-shirt allowed as outerwear in schools."
Projects are graded 1-5 according to sewing experience required
(Level 1 can be handled by beginners) Non-experienced tailors will also find
something of interest here, too; one-third of the projects require no sewing.
Try these two Level 1 projects - Shoulder Chic and Ready Made - from
"Generation T," reprinted here with the kind permission of the
publisher, Workman Publishing.
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||1. Arms up! Let the shirt slide down as you stick your arms and shoulders through the neck hole.|
2. Rotate the T-shirt around your torso so that the back of the shirt is in front.
3. Tie the sleeves together over your chest in a double (square) knot. (A granny knot won't hold.) Tie
the bottom two corners of the shirt together in a dobule knot at your waist.
||4. Rotate the tube so that both knots are bustled in the back. Like magic!|
Skip the second half of step 3 and leave the bottom untied - it's a very cute option to wear with jeans. When shorter gals wear this
variation, it can actually pass as a dress.