It seems only fitting to kick off the Out to Sea Collection with the idea that got the whole thing started. Months ago I was considering different ways to decorate a few of Corbin’s boring solid tee shirts, and began making a list of critters that I thought might be cute. Of course the standard sharks, whales, and crabs were the first things to pop into my head, but I wanted to be a bit more original than that. Round two consisted of sea turtles, otters, shrimp, seals, jellyfish, and sea monsters. Ok, not that last one. Honestly, I wish I had thought to make something with sea monsters on it, but since I haven’t the foggiest idea what they’d look like, I quit once I got to the jellyfish.
Imagining their float-y transparent squiggly-ness immediately got me thinking about doing some kind of embroidery. I know french knots have been all the rage lately, but once I actually sat down and began considering the hundreds of perfect individual knots it would involve, I got a headache and quickly changed my mind. It might have been a lazy cop-out on my part, but I think that in the end the random waves and wiggles of the free motion stitching were a much better choice. They’re fun, imperfect, and best of all…quick!
The shirt itself was a simple t-shirt refashion that I completely forgot to photograph because I never botherd to use a pattern. Isn’t it so much more fun to just start hacking away sometimes? First I cut the collar band off a navy tee and folded the raw edge under to make it into a boat neck. Then I chopped off the sleeves and traced the basic shape of the body from another t-shirt. Once that was cut out, it was easy to just sew up the sides, and stitch the too big sleeves back in place. Adding a small piece of the original collar to the sleeves made a nice little cuff, and pulled the extra-large sleeve into a cute puff shape. Quick and easy DIY shirt just how I like it.
Stop back tomorrow for the tutorial on how to make the free motion jellyfish.
They’re surprisingly simple, and a great way to jazz up a boring shirt!