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When it comes to my style, I have a bit of a multiple-personality disorder... In my closet. I love flowers, glitter, colors, fringe... and bones.  On one level, I think I'm attracted to the edginess of skulls and spines, but on another level, I think I just recognize the beauty of something so natural, functional, and vital. And, I love a trip to the Natural History Museum *almost* as much as I love a late-night forage on Fabric.com or a trip to my favorite shop. :) 

So when a blog friend of mine challenged me to make something from a plain white t-shirt... and then my roommate came home with a an awesome spine tank top, I knew I had to figure some project out involving a spine. 
 
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Step 1: First Step: White Tee

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The only things you really need for this project are a white t-shirt, some soft fabric paint or dye, some scissors, an empty bottle, and a paintbrush. (I used Tulip's soft paint. That stuff rocks.)

Step 2: Make Dye From Paint

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The first thing I did was drip about a tablespoon of soft fabric paint into an empty bottle and add some water. Diluting the soft fabric paint makes it behave more like dye. I love the streaks that it makes in the shirt when you hang it up to dry-- and there is a little bit of glitter in the paint. :)

Step 3: Draw Spine

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After you've hung your shirt to dry, lay it out on the ground and plan where you want your spine to go. I just made general little areas with a pen.

Step 4: Cut Out Spine

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Cut em out! The spine shape does not have to be perfectly cut-- I actually think it looks more edgy and less like you're cutting little circles in the shirt if you make it a little rough. Which is good... because I'm not very good at tedious things. ;) 
moskiii131 year ago
Instead of cutting it would be a cool idea to bleach the spine and ribs on!
--moskiii13
Oh, I love it! Such a fun idea!
StacieGrissom (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you so much, Penolopy!
This looks great - it screams for some glued-on spikes along the spine for Halloween, but that's just me ;).
StacieGrissom (author)  Dominic Bender2 years ago
Oh that's such a good idea!!