Did you hear about The Great White T-Shirt Challenge put on by Canada Sews? If not you can read about it here. Basically, you start with a white t-shirt and create something for the fashion, home decor or quilt category. I have been working on a couple of entries for the past week and got them in just under the wire.
The Tiered Tarn Petal Dress
The base of the dress is made from a hand-me-down size 4 cotton shirt. The tarn was made from 2 XL men's shirts. Have you ever made tarn? This was my first try and it was so easy! I used this tutorial. I refashioned the size 4 shirt into an infant A-line dress. I attached gathered cap sleeves with rolled hems and 11 tiers of 4 inch loops of tarn. I added a little belt to tidy it up and voila! On a side note, isn't my model adorable?
Ruffled Ombre Throw Pillow
I started by cutting the panels for the pillow cover and 120 4-inch circles out of 2 men's XL white t-shirts. I dyed the fabric in batches to get the different shades of violet. I had never dyed fabric before so I kind of just made it up as I went along, adding more and more dye to a pot of simmering water and about 1/2 a cup of salt. I left each batch in for about 15 minutes. Everything I read recommended 30, but this project needed to fit into naptime! I basted together 8 circles, gathered them to 14 inches and stitched the gathered row of circles onto the pillow cover. I repeated this 15 times, arranging the rows from the lightest to deepest violet to achieve the ombre effect.
Phew, that was some marathon sewing!