I bought a purple flannel shirt in a sale for almost nothing ( 3 euro). When the bright cellophane came off the color was not so purple as I had thought. A drab misty purple-grey. Boring! Now more than a year later I only put it on once, and my colleagues wondered what had been gone wrong in the laundry. "Nothing I said, its purple". They looked at me with eyes that spoke:"Yeah, and the moon is purple too!".
So the shirt had to go, or with some arts and craft brought back to life.
Here is what i did to revive a not so old but unloved shirt.
Step 1: What I used
- A boring shirt
- A sewing machine
- Yellow cotton ( crochet) thread
- Yellow sewing tread
- A seam ripper
- A hand needle with a big hole
- A small plastic bottle with pointy nozzle
- A white pencil or tailors chalk ( not on the picture)
I didn't buy any of these. All were in the house. The small plastic bottle I once bought in a artist's shop, to make lines on canvas with very fluent paint.
Step 2: Prepare
I took off the pocket with a seam ripper. It was a bit fiddly and I had to practice my ZEN skills, but without any damage it came off in 15 minutes. With a white pencil (tailors chalk would have been more professional) I drew a circle and made some lines to mimic a Charles Rennie Mackintosh flower design.
On the shirt, over the place for the pocket I drew 5 parallel lines ( as in the Mackintosh example).
Later I made 5 horizontal lines on the back, to cover up a bleach mistake I made, but all for the better.