Monday, July 21, 2008

A Cool T-Shirt for a Hot Summer Day

How hot is it where you live? This time of year there's nothing like a cool cotton T-shirt and an ice cold drink to ward off the heat. Don't you agree?
I suppose if you are like Verito who lives wayyyyyy down south of the equator in Argentina you would NOT agree. It's winter in Argentina.
What does winter in Argentina have to do with this post? ABSOLUTELY nothing...except I do like to write a lot about friendship on this blog and today is friendship day in Argentina and today Verito wished me a Happy Friendship Day and thanked me for being her online friend in an, Verito, RIGHT BACK ATCHA! Verito is new to tatting and has progressed quite rapidly in this art. She learned from online sources how to tat. I think she deserves our applause. If you are interested in tatting blogs, you might want to take a gander over at her place. Just click on the link on her name above.

But wait, (before you go visit Verito) there's more.

Back to the T-shirt. Remember the 90's? Especially the early 90's, everyone had those T-shirts with ALL the embellishments on them. I couldn't afford the ones in boutiques so I made my own. I even made my own tatted lace to go on one. This was 15 years ago so the shirt I'm showing you has had it's heyday already. It's been washed in the washing machine countless times and I STILL wear it, occasionally.

This is it.
It's just an old men's Hane's brand T-shirt.

Here's a close up of the lace.
It's beaded.
Keep in mind this had been washed a million times.

In case you were wondering how I attached the lace to my T-shirt.
I simply baste stitched it on.
Here's a close up of the basting for you.
Easy, easy, easy!!!
If you are interested in more clothing items with tatting on them, check out these three shirts that Melissa has done over at Honey Bee's Bliss. Click on the following numbers to see her shirts with tatting on them...1...2...3

I also wanted to thank Marie Antoinette for including
me on her blog for an award and a tag.
Marie Antoinette awarded me the Arte Y Pico Award.
Marie Antoinette is fairly new to blogging. She makes
beautiful dolls. Her blog whispers of the old southern hospitality and charm.
You just might enjoy her blog if you take a peak sometime.
I'll add your name next to the award I already have on my blog, Marie.
Thank you! :)
Thank you once again for visiting my corner of blogger land. I always appreciate your visits and lovely comments. I enjoy the online comeraderie with all of you.
Last, but not least...
Happy Friendship Day!
p.s. ummm....actually Friendship Day was yesterday in Argentina,
so I hope you'll forgive the faux pas.
Happy Belated Friendship Day!
oopsy! ;)

40 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Happy Friendship Day to you also! I think your t-shirt looks neat. So did you tat the embellishment and then I see where you stitched it onto the shirt. How long does it take to tat something that big? My mother used to do it, but I was all wrapped up in myself in those days and I should have been paying attention to her.

TattingChic said...

Hi Nana Trish. So cute that you remember your Mother doing it. I think it's human nature when we are young to be self absorbed. To answer your question. Yes, I did tat the lace first and then basted it to the shirt. Unfortunately I cannot answer your question about how long it took. I tatted it size 10 cotton crochet thread so it was quicker than something like that in a tiny thread like, say size 80 thread. At the time I made this piece I was a virtual tatting machine. I tatted so much stuff there is no way I can recall the time and my tatting speed has increased over the years.

Tara said...

Happy Belated Friendship Day to you. Tatting on T-shirts great idea. I've only done one where I tatted a parrot in very, very small thread attaching the tatting to the pocket and gave it to my Dad. He wears it all the time. Now I need to do one for myself. So many things to do so little time.


Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

I love the shirt! I just had to comment because I just posted an "out-of-style" decorating scheme on my blog (from the 1980s, though... not the '90s). Hey, some things are just too classic to let go, right?

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

This is a fun post! I love the shirt...that must have taken a fair amount of time to tat. How neat that you can share it after all these years.

Melissa said...

I love love love the shirt and I think it would still look just fine in today's fashion too. Happy Friendship Day!

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

A belated Happy Friendship Day to you too, TattingChic! I've never embellished t-shirts myself, but I've always admired the work of others. A few years ago, I was thrilled because I could buy t-shirts embellished with buttons at CJ Banks. I guess I was always afraid the t-shirt would shrink, and then the embellishment would look funky. After seeing the pics of your t-shirt, I think I should have been brave and embellished! It still looks great after all these years!

TattingChic said...

Hi Tara, thanks for stopping by. I hope you are able to get a picture of that shirt you made for your Dad. I'm sure I'm not the only one that would love to see it on your blog.

Welcome,Karla @ Ramblin' Roads. Thanks for the comment, I'm glad you did! Yes, some things are too classic to let go.

Thank you, Lady Shuttle Maker, I appreciate the comment. I have so many things from my prolific tatting period to share still!

Thanks, Melissa. It's so fun to meet like minded people such as yourself online. (speaking of the tatting on shirts)

Hi Lace-Lovin' Librarian. I guess my mindset is if things are a fad, which they usually are it's okay if they don't last too long! LOL! In this particular case I don't wear the shirt nearly as often as I would other T's so it's lasted longer. The nice thing about tatting is that the tatted lace will last much longer than the shirt so I will be able to easily remove the tatting and attach it to another shirt someday. Maybe a shirt with some color so the tatting will show up better!

Tracy said...

Happy Friendship Day, TattingChic...a day late! But better late than never--LOL! LOVE the embellished thinks an embellished tee revival is about time, eh? Happy Day ((HUGS))

Rosemary said...

I just happened to be on the computer. Love the tee shirt. I remember those. Yours is prettier than most I remember.
Happy Belated Friendship Day.
I have been so busy, I am trying to catch up on the blogs.
Have a great day!

Mermaid Queen said...

That is such a beautiful t-shirt. Have you ever done one like this on a baby's t-shirt or onesie? I think it would be darling. Thanks for you kind comments. Take care,

TattingChic said...

LOL, Tracy! Yes, let's all embellish our T's again. It was a fun fad, but some of the things were just plain things you couldn't wash. That was silly, but there sure was some fun T shirt designs.

Oh, thank you, Rosemary. I'm glad you're able to make the blogging rounds.

Hi Martha from Mermaid Queen. Thanks for visiting. No, I haven't done any baby onesies. I've done baby booties and a bonnet and I've seen another tatter's work who has done some baby onesies and they are cute.


Oh I love this..... so sweet and it has washed so well!!! So nice to have original one of a kind items!!!!

Tattycat said...

Happy Belated Friendship Day to you! Your tee shirt is great and has held up really well. This is a very nice post.

Shabby Addict said...

SO cute! I LOVE those! You wouldn't think something so fabulous would come from a basic men's tee! So creative!

Anonymous said...

Hi TattingChic, what a lovely post! Really. The shirt looks really nice with your embellishment, you do magic with tatting. And you know that I really like it when tatting can be used in some way. Even better if it's a personal use.

About friendship day, anyone can guess why it's celebrated on 20th July? It happened at the end of the 60's, and it was an event that made people from all the world feel united and one. :-)

Once again: Happy friendship day to everyone!

Vintage Tea said...

I'm a but late but Happy Friendship Day!!!

Victoria x

Farm Chick Paula said...

That is an awesome t-shirt!!! You do such wonderful work...*sigh*

TattingChic said...

Thanks for stopping by, Vintage girl at heart! It is nice to have original one of a kind items...I guess I never thought of my tatted items that way, but they are! LOL!

Hi TattyCat, thank you for your lovely comment. It's always nice to have you visit.

Yes, Shabby Addict, the basic men's tee has had all kinds of fun things done to it in the name of women's fashion through the years. I'm thinking about the 80's and chuckling...LOL!

Hi Verito! Oh, yes, I'm thinking of the tatting your mother used on her uniform. You posted it on your blog and it looks really nice.
Um...I cannot remember that far back I was kinda young at the end of the 60's, well, really really young actually. Since you can remember back that far maybe you should just tell us? I'll never guess. I KNOW it's not Woodstock...LOL.

Thank you Victoria from Vintage Tea! I appreciate the visit.

Awwww...thank you Farm Chick Paula. So nice of you to say. I know you are busy being a fabulous farm chick and all but have you ever considered learning to tat? You might enjoy it. Just a thought...a little seed to plant in your fertile mind...LOL!

TattingChic said...

Yooo hooo, Veritoooooooh! I foun out the answer. It was the day that the astronauts landed on the moon in 1969! A man in Buenes Aires declaired that event the whole world felt like they were friends and July 20 is declared friendship day in Uruguay and Argentina!

Here's the wikipedia link for that:

In the USA Friendship day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August and was officially declared in 1935 by the US Congress.

Here's the wikipedia link for that:

I guessed it! Hee Hee!

Anonymous said...

Yeaaahhhh!! You got it right!!! :-) :-) :-) Now everyone knows... and now you know when you have a friendship day in the U.S. which means you can celebrate again, we all can celebrate again. :-D And it'll be just in a few days. :-D I have to admit that I thought it was a more international event, that more people celebrated it the way we do around the world. Maybe in time...

Kathy said...

What a cute embellishment on your t-shirt. The design is so pretty and love the beading too.

I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for an Award over on my blog. Please don't feel obligated to do it, but I do want you to know how much I enjoy your blog and appreciate your visits.

Ais said...

Hey... you got the 'comments' to change!! I love it!! Love the T-shirt too... the lace doesn't even look like tatting... at first when I saw the pic, I confused it for crochet...must be the thread size.:) pretty anyway.

Barb said...

Hi TattingChic,

Happy belated Friendship day to you.

The t-shirt rocks!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and your words of encouragement. They were so appreciated.

hugs to you,

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I love that tee shirt! What a great idea!
And happy Friendship Day to you!
I'm so glad to count you among my friends!

celestina marie said...

Happy Friendship Day to you! It is really special to make friends and email to those around the globe. Your T-shirt is fantastic. I love it. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent. Always something so interesting awaiting on your blog.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
hugs, Celestina
la rea rose

rochambeau said...

So fresh for summer Tatting Chic!
It's marvelous! I LOVE WHITE!


Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What a beautiful t-shirt! I would still be wearing it too :)

And a belated friendship day to you!!


singtatter said...

I'm so impressed with the tatted embellishment on the t-shirt, look 3-D too. And Happy belated Friendship Day to you!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a beautiful shirt! I can't tat (is that it?) but I do love the look of beautiful handmade laces.:)
xo Lidy

TattingChic said...

Hee hee So glad to know I got it right, Verito! Yes, I guess friendship day will be rolling around again Soon!

Thank you Kathy! I added your name next to my Brillante award I received recently. Thank you so much for thinking of me and come visit again, soon!

Hi Ais! Yes, finally I got the comments to change! LOL, duh!!!
Thank you for you tireless help on the matter...LOL! The thread was size 10 so that may be why it looks like crochet to you, plus since it's been washed in the washer, it's all scrunched up and you cannot see the pattern clearly due to it's scrunched-up-ness.

Thank you, Barb, and ((hugs)) back to you! I'm so glad to hear from your blog that things are starting to heal in the hearts of your family.

Becky, thank you soooo much for your very sweet comment. I am very glad to count you as one of my wonderful online friends, too!

Thank you Celestina Marie! I appreciate your comment so much! Your visits are always welcomed.

Thank you, Constance! I love white, too. Sometimes it can be refreshing if not too redundant in a wardrobe.

Hello, Amy! Welcome back and thank you!

Thank you so much Singtatter! I think the 3-D look is owed to the fact that it is scrunched up from so many washings...LOL!

Thank you for visiting, Lidy, and for you comment! Yes, you wrote that properly. You would use it like any most verbs in the english language. I guess at times it's an adjective and a noun, too, isn't it. Well, enough on the dissection of the word tatting...

Rue said...

That t-shirt is really cute! It doesn't look worn out to me :)


TattingChic said...

Thank you, Rue, that is really kind of you to say! Come again! You're such a sweetie!

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Now that is too cool! I remember those embellished t-shirts. Cute, but a pain to wash. :)

Sharon said...

I have absolutely no skills with threads or yarn but I can appreciate something beautiful when I see it. The t-shirt you made is really very lovely, I especially like the little pearl beads.

Jen r. said...

wow, that t-shirt is amazing and looks liek you could sell it for about $50! Jen R

TattingChic said...

Hi Cathy from Tadpoles and Teacups, yes, they were a pain to wash, weren't they? And they NEVER looked the same afterwards. I made a few of them, it was fun...blogs weren't even a twinkle in someone's eye back then or you'd bet I'd have blogged about the others ones. The only reason this one has survived is because tatting is very strong.

Thank you very much, Sharon. I'm glad you like the pearly beads, too. They're my favorite part of this particular piece of lace.

Thanks, Jen R! That would be a great profit...wait...when I think about the time to tat the lace, tho...that becomes a completely different story. I think that is one of the reasons I don't sell my tatting is no one would pay for the cost of the amount of time it took to tat things.

Alexia said...

Thank you for visiting me, and the invite to the tatting ning! I sent you a longer reply, but I dont think it got through- warm regards!
- Alexia

TattingChic said...

Hi Alexia! Welcome to my blog, I'm so glad you came to visit. I hope you join eTatters.

Kathleen Grace said...

What a cool idea!