Three Pieces

August 16, 2014

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As I careen about the country this summer, I find that I crave comfort.  T-shirts are on top of the list.  I managed to refashion two before I left on my last adventure.  This one started off as a classic man’s t-shirt.  I changed the neckline, took in the sides, hemmed it shorter, and added a piece to the sleeve hem for continuity.  Done.

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This one evolved in an interesting fashion.  I had thrifted three identical t-shirts in this sage-green color, which gave me a little extra fabric to work with.  I liked the sentiment that I found on the back of another t-shirt (one of my acting teachers in college would always say this).  I decided I wanted the words to be vertical, and after piecing it together, the regular sleeves felt boring.  Since I had more green fabric, I made pseudo kimono-style sleeves that I edged with a strip of white from another t-shirt.  Done.

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Finally, I made this “Better Than Infinity” scarf.  I recently saw a piece that utilized the mobius strip template, but changed slightly so that there’s a point in the design.  The young lady in the shop was kind enough to let me figure it out and get general measurements.  When I came home, I had to try out my own version, using upcycled materials of course.  This is a back view.  The possibilities are endless and I’m excited about making many more when time permits.

So that’s what I’ve been up to in-between work and travel!  Hope you’ve been enjoying your Summer or Winter, depending on where you are.  XXOO

P.S. Clicking on the pictures once, and then again, will give you detailed images.


24 Responses to Three Pieces

  1. Jazzy Jack on August 17, 2014 at 5:09 am

    You have been productive. So nice to hear from you. Of course these will look marvellous on your gorgeous self! I like the kimono sleeve idea. I can’t really understand the scarf but the fabrics look fantastic. Enjoy wearing them!
    Thanks for the update! XO JJ

    • Jean on August 17, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      The scarf was definitely a brain twister, so much so that I had to figure it out with a strip of paper first. I’ll probably have to refresh my memory again since it feels very counter-intuitive.

  2. Curtise on August 17, 2014 at 5:44 am

    You’re on fire, Jean! Clearly being very busy doesn’t impede your creativity, these are just great. The t-shirt refashions are very you – flowy, funky, casual but elegant, and the scarf is a beautiful mix of colours and prints. Better than infinity? Yes indeed! xxx

    • Jean on August 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      I was highly motivated to get them done! I was desperate for casual comfort for traveling, and with the heat I like my maxi skirts. These tops worked out well with them.

  3. Amber of Butane Anvil on August 17, 2014 at 10:56 am

    You’re amazing! Love your incorporation of graphics and contrast stitching / edging. You have a gift for especially wonderful sleeves, and also just articulated why I’m kind of “meh” on most infinity scarves – the lack of a point! xoxoxoxo

    • Jean on August 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      I’m not particularly comfortable sleeveless nowadays, being the sloth that I am, so sleeves are important to me. I copied this style from a thrifted shirt and I was really pleased with the way they turned out. The only negative is when I’m trying to wash dishes.

  4. Pam@over50feeling40 on August 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    You are so creative, Jean…I love to see what you re-fashion!

    • Jean on August 17, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks Pam!! I’m trying to focus a little more on posting about my upcycles. Glad to know you enjoy.

  5. joni@artfulcloset on August 18, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Hi Jean,
    Love what you’re doing to t-shirts. Often times I look at tshirt graphics that I love but the standard shapes are very unflattering on me. These give me some great ideas. I haven’t made it much beyond maxi skirts and taking things in on my serger though.
    Can’t wait to see more! Now I look at thrift stores with entirely different eyes.

    • Jean on August 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      It’s amazing once you get going, right? Thrift stores are like candy stores to me. I could go every day and find something to play with. I’m trying to embrace Pao’s decision to use what she owns since I have so much thrifted stuff just waiting to be refashioned. Can’t wait to see what you’re up to. XXOO

  6. Vix on August 18, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I’m in awe. I don’t know how you manage to lead such a busy life and to create such amazing stuff, too. I love those refashions, It Is What It Is is such a great message and the colour is gorgeous. xxxx

    • Jean on August 18, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      It’s one of my all-time favorite colors.

      Miss you!! Loved your patchwork post. XXOO

  7. Rosalind on August 18, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    A mobius strip scarf – how intriguing, as well as a mind boggle trying to imagine how you form it in fabric… And I especially like both the style and message of the sage green top.

    • Jean on August 18, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Yes, the ubiquitous “infinity scarf” is really a mobius strip. If you click on the link, there’s a very scientific explanation and history, and it also includes a picture of a scarf towards the bottom. However, what makes this design different is that instead of joining the ends as you would expect, one edge is joined to a side edge. Hard to explain!! At some point I’ll try to take step by step pictures so it becomes clearer.

  8. The Style Crone on August 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Not only are the possibilities endless; your creativity is endless. Style on the fly appears to inspire you! How fun to travel the country with these sentiments as accessories, with the inclusion of Joey’s website. Comfort and words with meaning! The mobius strip is new to me and drapes beautifully.

    Looking forward to what you come up with next! Sending love as you continue your travels!

    • Jean on August 19, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Yes, there’s an additional comfort factor to these shirts, as you mention. :-) I’m sorry I’ll mss you on this go-round, but I know I’ll see you soon. XXOO

  9. Shawna on August 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    You are so talented and creative; I always so admire what you do with clothing! I hope you are enjoying your travels.

    • Jean on August 20, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      I left home this morning and am now visiting with my 91 year old parents. What a blessing! Thank you for your kind comments. Hope your summer is going well. XO

  10. Ariane Lasalle on August 21, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Hi Jean,

    On your comments on my blog you said you lived in Burlington? That’s close indeed – We usually go every summer that is Vermont, Maine – Plus you said your first date with hubby was in Montreal? Where did you go? So nice to hear such stories!
    I’m in love with your upcycling- I will take a course in September when i come back from Europe –
    I not spending a lot of time on line as well, i do a post on the blog here and there and Instagram, i prefer Instagram, it’s quick and easy and not as time consuming – Like you i like to spend my time doing something else – But i do try to keep up with my fav bloggers

    Tks for your warm wishes and i will see you soon!
    I will be posted pics of my trip to Europe and wedding on Instragram so stay tuned!

    Big hugs


    • Jean on August 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

      I don’t remember exactly where we were on that first date but I can tell you what I wore. (moto jacket and Dr. Martens!) I loved to shop when I would go up, finding wonderful inexpensive “cool” things there, unlike Burlington. It was the early 90’s and I loved the edgy styles (still do). I still have and wear a pair of boots from Aldo; I’d never heard of them in the States.

      We were in Burlington this summer but didn’t have time to come up. The next time, however, I’ll make a point of it! I’d love to meet you and go thrifting. :-) Have a glorious time in Europe. I’ll be looking for you on IG. XXOO

  11. Jan Graham-McMillen on September 2, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    There you are! Love your current obsessions and am so happy that one of us is getting to travel! Miss your face, and hope you are having a lovely end of summer!

    • Jean on September 3, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Yes, I’ve been running and I’m guessing you have been too. Are you surviving the heat? I’m totally sick of it. I need my sweaters and boots!! XXOO

  12. Rosalind on September 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Came back to comment again because I’ve just read your contribution to Vogoff – and loved it. You’re a wise, wise woman Jean and it’s such a treat to know you through blogging.

    • Jean on September 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      I feel the same way about you. Thank you so much for coming back to comment. I love being able to say connected on IG, especially when time is at a premium. Love you.

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