Monday, April 01, 2013

The perpetual shirt...

If my other blog landed you here, you've read the background of my "perpetual shirt", and you're here for the sewing info.  Not a significantly difficult process, really.  It is a simple, raw looking t-shirt, with zigzagged edges, made of a durable, quality knit.  Boldly written on the front, is today's date.  Or mostly any spring date I want until 2019, actually... But if I'm still wearing it by then... I'll need your help.

Did I use a pattern for the shirt?  No.  Just took my scissors and went for it.

So, how do I make the dates change?  Here's the inspiration:

Why?  velcro is too fluffy for the letters to sit flush.  But, if I do this...

By creating a velcro "grooves", I recessed the under layer (soft side) into the shirt, so that the letters could lay pretty flat against the surface of the fabric plaque. Now, I can make it almost any spring day I want... Why only spring?  I didn't want to buy and velcro too many letters, and I probably won't want to wear it in the summer (too hot) or fall/winter.

The "201" is permanent, but the other letters are all removable.

I am a professional collaborative dressmaker by profession, and would make you one, if you want one made... Keep in mind, though, that labor, planning, and materials make this quite a pricey t-shirt!  You can show this example to your own dressmaker or crafty/sewing person to do this for you, if you don't wanna drop a chunk of change.

Who would I imagine wearing this? Myself...


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you! I had fun wearing it today! I got puzzled double-takes, mostly.

  2. That is cute! What fun :) I think it could be used in many different ways.

    1. Thank you! What other ways are you thinking of? I'm curious!

  3. Anonymous2:57 PM

    Hello. I saw you are the author of the shop the garment district site. I LOVE that site. I only live about 4 hours away so I'm hoping to do the October tour :-).

    Could you PLEASE link your blogs to either bloglovin OR networkedblogs? It's a selfish request on my part but GOOGLE READER will be eliminated on July 1 and all followers will be lost (unless one connects to one of these or similiar) :-).

    Keep up the good work. :-) Thank you.

    1. Thank you! First time anyone has suggested that, or even let me know that they cared to follow! Because you asked, yes, I will!

  4. Nice idea, I love the raw looking t-shirt, zigzagged edges, the details, as in everything! everything about it. It looks so fun to wear such T-shirt, I must give it a try!

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