As part of my “mend, don’t spend” goal, I’ve been trying to make my thrift store shirts more interesting so that they don’t just sit in the closet. I also want an opportunity to do more embroidery and such, even if there aren’t any holes or tears to mend.
The first shirt is one I found in Montana a few months ago at a second hand store. In fact, it is the same style as the shirt from my earlier embellishment post with the tie-dye strips. It started out a very boring off-white, which made it a perfect candidate for dyeing. I used a gold Rit dye on it (at the same time I was dying the fabric I used to line my tote bag), and then wasn’t sure what to do next. It sat in my work pile for a while, until I came across a fun salmon-colored ruffled ribbon and pink flower at Joann Fabrics. Some simple machine stitching, and I had a fun new shirt. I love the colors, which are not really what I would normally wear, but they remind me of sherbet ice cream.
My second project was a pink and grey striped shirt that I recently found at ReTails thrift store (it supports the local humane society). I liked the shirt as it was, but I have been really enjoying my hand-sewing and embroidery projects, so I decided to add some elbow patches. I got some iron-on black patches from Joann Fabrics, and cut them into a heart shape. I marked my elbows, and ironed them on. I hand stitched the outside edge with pink embroidery thread to finish the project. Overall it was really easy, but embroidery inside of a sleeve is a pain.
My final project for this post was a basic sweatshirt I also found at ReTails thrift store. It still had its original tags, and looked like it had never been worn. I used four colors of blue embroidery thread to create most of the designs, using water ripples as inspiration. My boyfriend suggested creating a contrasting design in pink as well, and I think it really completes the shirt. I feel like the embroidery really makes this simple sweatshirt more stylish, and I have hardly taken it off since I finished it.