Friday, July 28, 2006

Generation T

Generation Tby Brooklyn craftista Megan Nicolay is the best of several new books inviting readers to cut, stitch, tie, and pin old t-shirts into gritty new fashions. Megan’s projects involve very few tools and include several no-sew recipes. The book is aimed at single young women, but many projects appeal to the under-12 crowd. My 6-year old daughter Lucy loved melding two years of camp t-shirts into a shizoid hybrid. And the counselors were wowed, too! Indeed, I think summer camp, with its regulation shirts, topsy-turvy dress codes, and low-brow crafting, forms a preteen layer in the DIY t-shirt craze. S'mores, anyone?

To make the shirt: find two shirts of equal size. Go for contrasting colors or funny juxtapositions. Cut both shirts in half. Stitch halves together. If you want, cut off the sleeves and then add complementary ties to the shoulders using scraps from the sleeves.


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