Thursday, May 15, 2014

Layered t-shirts with reverse applique and bleach

 Layered t-shirts with reverse applique and bleach: Cucicucicoo for Refashion Co-op

A couple of years ago I happened upon this awesome tutorial for layering a short sleeve t-shirt (with holes or stains) over a long sleeve one and doing reverse appliqué on it, cutting out the ruined parts of the top shirt. The effect is pretty much the same as the Alabama Chanin style however, instead of using fabric paint on the cut fabric edges, dabbing on pure bleach changes the color. I just love this effect.

Layered t-shirts with reverse applique and bleach: Cucicucicoo for Refashion Co-op

I had this very blah lavendar t-shirt with a couple of stains on the front and a dark purple long sleeved t-shirt that I'd thrifted a couple of years ago. I'd put them aside I can't even remember how many months ago intending to try this technique out with them, but never got around to it until the current Me-Made-May. The weather where I live has been unusually chilly and rainy and I've been finding that I don't have many me-made clothing for this in-between season. So I finally got my butt in gear and did this project!

Layered t-shirts with reverse applique and bleach: Cucicucicoo for Refashion Co-op

I cut out some leaf shapes and played around with them until they positioned how I liked them and covering the stains. I then traced around them, cut out the shapes and dabbed on the bleach. The bleach got rinsed out and the shirt hung out to dry until the next day. I accidentally splattered a bit of bleach on the front of the shirt, so I purposely splattered more to make it look intentional!

Layered t-shirts with reverse applique and bleach: Cucicucicoo for Refashion Co-op
 
Next step was embroidering the edges. I decided to do it with embroidery thread by hand. I usually don't like to hand-sew, but I took the project outside on a nice afternoon while my kids played and actually found it quite relaxing to work on it slowly by hand.

Layered t-shirts with reverse applique and bleach: Cucicucicoo for Refashion Co-op

Here's a close-up of the stitching. I love this effect!

Layered t-shirts with reverse applique and bleach: Cucicucicoo for Refashion Co-op

The stitching keeps the two shirts together nicely. This combo is much more interesting than the original shirts! I was thinking of cutting off the collar and sleeve and bottom hems of the top t-shirt so that they would roll up a little bit, but in the end decided not to because I wasn't sure if it would look good or ruin the whole thing. What do you think?

Layered t-shirts with reverse applique and bleach: Cucicucicoo for Refashion Co-op

More information can be found on this project at Cucicucicoo.com, along with lots of refashioning tutorials!

8 comments:

IWOM said...

Sing it! I used the same tutorial a while back, but I did not do the bleach step. I ran two or three lines of stitching round my leaf shapes as well as one at the neckline.

IWOM: EOD

jennifer elliott said...

That looks fabulous! Love it!

Clare said...

LOVE IT!!! Thanks for the good instructions, I want to try this!

cucicucicoo: ecological living said...

IWOM: isn't that bleach idea great? I wish I could say that it was my own idea, but it wasn't! (link to original tute in post)

Jennifer & Clare: Thanks so much! Clare, if you try it, let me know. I'd love to see it!

Kelley said...

This is adorable! What a great idea!

Happy highways,
Kelley~

cucicucicoo: ecological living said...

So glad you like it, Kelley!

Lanky Sunshine said...

Splattering more is always my go-to for covering up splatter mistakes too! I love the look of the bleach and the stitching.

cucicucicoo: ecological living said...

Lanky, that makes me feel better that I'm not the only one who makes mistakes like that! :) Lisa