I bought this tee at H&M while in New York last year for BlogHer. I was with my mom & she did not see the awesomeness in this top. Maybe it’s because it’s totally 80’s & she already lived through that era (I don’t remember much of it). Maybe because it’s so ugly (so ugly it’s cool). I loved the detailing in the top & the gold foil in the beach scene. I also love that I wore this at 8 months pregnant and still wear it now. It’s one of those few items of non-maternity, maternity clothing that I don’t feel the urge to throw up on. Any postpartum ladies out there know what I’m referring to?
This shirt was getting sort of ragged. The white wasn’t as white as it could be – I’m totally clueless when it comes to keeping whites white. I try, but after about a year my whites start to look dingy. Any advice would be awesome.
I decided that it was time I either chuck the shirt or give it new life. I cut off the neckline detailing, dyed it & trimmed up the sides a bit for a more fitted look. Of course, upon cutting the neckline (which I don’t regret one bit) I realized the neck was much too gaping for my taste. I had a couple of options, but being very inspired by This ILK’s harness jewelry (you don’t google that, btw) I thought it’d be pretty sweet to incorporate that idea into my refashion.
I used a combination of teal, turquoise & apple green Rit dye to get this color. I kept thinking of the fall brights that are so popular right now.
I used the chain to create a draped effect in the back. It brings the neckline up in the front & adds more visual interest in the back. I’ll definitely be doing this on any other gaping tees I own. It took very little time & I really like the result. Here’s a quick, no-photo step-by-step on how to do it:
- try your shirt on & place your gaping tee seams where you want them to lie
- measure the distance between the two seams
- cut two chains, one just slightly longer than the above measurement
- attach both chains with a jump ring on both ends
- secure jump ring onto your shirt by doing a satin zig-zag stitch or hand stitch