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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

T-Shirt Reconstruct: Making a Difference One Child at a Time!

I absolutely love casual attire but the skinny girl in me hates the way I look in certain t-shirt cuts.  Call it ridiculous if you'd like but EVERYBODY has a complex about something even when others think it's just your imagination.  Okay...so let me OUT myself.  Because I'm so thin, there are certain brands that I absolutely avoid...brands like Old Navy, some Gap, and some Banana Republic.  Most of these brands have a sort-of 'boxy' or 'square' cut to their clothes.  Because I need a little help in the area of 'curves', I try to avoid these brands and opt for pieces that have let's call them 'built-in curves'....now if I really could afford it, I'd just hire a tailor...until then...the clothes with the 'built-in curves' will have to do!  The built-in curves are you know, the fitted t-shirt styles that are wider at the top and get slimmer at the waistline...or jeans with a back pocket...I need as much 'illusion' in that area as I can get. LOL.  Okay...so how in the heck does all of this tie into the adoption????  I'm so glad you asked that question.  Well, many of my adoption buddies sell t-shirts to benefit their adoption.  While I absolutely love the designs and also love to support the other families, this skinny chick often gets swallowed in the boxiness of the t-shirt cuts...so I've been buying t-shirts but they've been hanging in my closet, that is, UNTIL my cousin Shelly introduced me to how easy it is to do a t-shirt reconstruction.  A t-shirt reconWHATtion?  A t-shirt reconstruction....ya know when you take a t-shirt, a pair of scissors, and a creative brain and go to town.

So that's what I did.  I went to town with my friend Leigh Ann's adorable t-shirt and cut it up to a design that fit my wacky personality.  Now there are some things I'd tweak slightly with the sleeves but for my first go-around, I am quite satisfied.

 Okay...so that was my little modeling debut....tada!!!  LOL....but really, I promised my cousin Shelly that I would post some pics of the shirt so I armed Tony with my camera and here's what we got!  But seriously, if  you like the shirt as is or would like to reconstruct one like this, please head on over to the Thomas family blog and pick one up.  The message is awesome.  It says "Making a Difference One Child at a Time".  By purchasing that t-shirt, that's exactly what you'll be doing in helping them to bring their child home from Ethiopia.  I'm sure they'd appreciate you supporting their adoption.  To find out more about t-shirt reconstructions, just head on over to YouTube and search the keywords "t-shirt reconstruct".  If you still can't find it, leave me a comment, I'll lead you to some of them.  Here's to happy cutting!  Thanks Leigh Ann for letting me personalize my shirt!


Tracy said...

very, very cool!! Just sad to say that I don't need the reconstruct. The boxy-type shirt does well to hide my um, um, curves. It's just unfortunate that those curves are around the waist vs. the chest area.... :o(

The B Family said...

How cool!
I've also got a small frame and always feel like most T-shirts make me look sloppy. . . but the reconstruct gives a whole new look!
I've got so many t-shirts for adoption and causes I love but I hardly ever wear them out of the house. I'm thinking I need to jazz 'em up and spread the news in style!
Thanks for the inspiration!

Jodes and Boz said...

This is fabulous! I've never heard of such a thing, but now i cannot wait to get home and try it out! I also have adoption shirts hanging in my closet, as i too, get lost in them. Just have to find the youtube clip and give it a go. The end result was adorable!!

Eve said...

Hi Michelle,
That is sooooo cute and what's extra cool is when you wear it out, it'll definitely get looked at, and can strike up great conversations about adoption, I dare say!

GREAT POST- Big Up to your cousin Shelly!

Mama Mimi said...

Oh I have a sister very into the reconstructing business! You would probably like her blog (vintagedutchgirl.blogspot.com). But while we were on the subject I thought I would let you know that I am designing Africa shirts as well (and this is not a pressure thing, just an FYI...promise). My blog says Old Navy ts...but if you were interested I could add the applique to any shirt. Just wante to throw that out there, again...NO PRESSURE!

Megan (bringourangelhome.blogspot.com)

alisa said...

Very cool! I'm so going to do this to one of our shirts!!! You're one-hip-mama!!! :)

Michelle said...

Thanks so much! This was a fun and EASY project for me to play with.

Here's the one that Shelly shared with me:

Here's one I liked that was more freehand:

There are TONS on youtube and if you google it, you'll get lost in t-shirt heaven!

Shelly G. said...

OH MY GOODNESS....OH MY GOODNESS!!! Why am I JUST now seeiing this post?

YOU DID AN AMAZING JOB and it looks great on your cute figure!

I'm with another poster that stated I like the T's covering my extra curviness in the middle also, LOL.

Michelle said...

Thanks Shelly! Yep, you were the inspiration for this post so glad you liked it!

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