Remember the t-shirt I made awhile back? Here’s a picture of it soon after it was finished:
The big questions with this shirt were: ‘Will the fabric still look nice after a fair amount of wear?’ (it was a bargain find at Joann Fabric) and ‘Will the beading, which was salvaged from a silk jacket, hold up to normal wear and machine washing?’ I wore it a few times and then threw it in the washer and held my breath.
Here is the result:
So, readers, what would you do? These are the options I can see:
- stitch the heck out of the beading that is there to try to hold it all together
- take the beading off and finish the edge with t-shirt fabric (which makes it sort of boring)
- take the beading off, finish the edge with t-shirt fabric and sew something else interesting on top
- take the beading off and sew something interesting on the edge without another finish
- something wild, crazy, and as yet undiscovered (we can label that “miscellaneous ideas”)
I think I could go for anything other than the boring option because I probably won’t wear the shirt if it’s too plain. I don’t regret trying it, though. I love the look of the beading on the shirt and it’s very possible I’ll just sew the heck out of it to keep it on there. I also wanted a garment that could stand up to the washing machine. I did a whole semester of hand-washing everything in college and, while it was very nice and meditative at the time, that’s not something I want to fit into my life now. We’ll see. So…I do NOT concede defeat and declare this a craft fail. Game on, sewing conundrum!