March 2013

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!