2013 July 8

Not sure what you can make with a t-shirt? Why not up-cycle, rework, or restyle it into a new garment or accessory?

Here’s our Top Ten to inspire you.

Necklace– Jewellery doesn’t have to cost the earth, and by reusing your old t-shirt it’s practically free.Try using different t-shirts to create this great colourful effect.

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Bracelet– in keeping with the jewellery theme and not to leave your wrists out. You can buy bracelet and necklace fastenings and beads in bulk very cheaply from markets and haberdasheries, or you could reuse some beads from old jewellery too?

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Turban Head Band– With two strips of t-shirt material and no sewing you can make your own turban headband, it’s too easy not to give this one a go!

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 For a children’s party a fabric flower garland will add colour and make the day even more special.

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Skirt– Recently, there has been a surge in popularity for re-using garments in different ways such as sweatshirts and cardigans for skirts, thankfully this also works for a summer wardrobe by reusing an old t-shirt. Using contrasting colours or a wide variety of coloured and patterned t-shirts can create a great patch work effect.

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 Scarf– If you can make a necklace out of a t-shirt you should try the scarf too. These scarves make a great accompaniment to any summer wardrobe. The more adventurous seamstress might even want to go for a ruffled effect.

 

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Pom Poms– Whether it’s for cheering at sports games, attaching to clothes or a Christmas decoration pom poms are simple to make and cheer up any outfit, door or house decor

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Dress– Got an oversized t-shirt on your hands? This can be transformed into an ultra stylish t-shirt dress with just a bit of cutting and sewing. You’ll need some elastic for the fitted style and ruching shown here.

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Teddy Bear– Children’s toys can be expensive, why not create your own. If you have a favourite t-shirt or your child has grown out of a t-shirt that could be a great garment to create a teddy with sentimental value.

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Bunting– Street party, house party, garden party, or wedding; bunting is a must for any celebration. This looks particularly good with floral or fun print t-shirts, but works just as well with plain colours.  Simply cut into triangles and sew to ribbon, lace or curtain header and you’ll have cheap yet chic party decorations in no time at all.

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Tote Bags- Carry your new t-shirts back from the shops in your old t-shirt by making it into a tote bag! Alternatively cut holes into your t-shirt bag for a retro style grocery bag.

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You can share your t-shirt craft ideas with us @Poloshirts or be inspired further by our Pinterest Board.


2008 December 30

As the recession hits home, many people are losing their jobs. Of course if the company you’re working for goes bust, you’ve got no choice but to look for another job, but if the need is for redundancies, you don’t want to look like an old stick-in-the-mud when management are hoping to hang on to the best, brightest and most likely to help them beat the down-curve. While we can all ignore clothing rules in our personal life, it’s going to become increasingly important to look right in the workplace to ensure we keep our jobs in the tough times ahead.

THE CLOTHING RULES FOR MEN

Never tuck anything in unless your workplace dress code insists on suits.

Tucking in tee-shirts, polo-shirts or even casual shirts suggests you are old, formal and possibly difficult to get on with. It may seem unfair, but outside of the military and the professions, being too smartly dressed can be a definite downer for your career.

Don’t stick to one colour.

It’s a temptation to say that if you buy everything in light blue: shirts, T-shirts, polos etc then you can be sure that everything matches, but actually this says that you have no dress sense and don’t care about your appearance.  To look younger and trendier, invest in a couple of items in ‘non-standard’ colours such as pink, yellow or red and wear them every couple of weeks. A red polo shirt with chinos looks lively and sporty, while a red or pink shirt with black trousers suggests you’re relaxed and approachable.

Lose the helmet cut.

Smoothing down your hair says you’re ready to retire and invest in Brylcreem shares. Too neat is always aging.  Go to a hairdresser or barber who doesn’t know you and tell them you want an easy to maintain but modern cut. You’ll be surprised how many years it takes off you.

THE CLOTHING RULES FOR WOMEN

Don’t dress like your mother.

Never wear anything with braid on. It immediately says you’re a granny and proud of it. Instead, invest in single colour clothing (checks imply you’re into patchwork covers and knitting) and match it with textures: a plain white shirt with a lacy cardigan looks elegant, the same shirt with cargo pants looks casual and down to earth.

Double-breasted jackets are only for headmistresses.

Double-breasted clothing is never as flattering as single-breasted, especially if you happen to be less than slim. It has connotations of matronly figures and humourless school nurses. Stick to single-breasted wear and never button a polo-shirt or cotton shirt right up to the neck unless your company dress code insists on it as this too implies you’re more keen on the rules than on the business.

Dress intelligently.

For women, much more than men, judgements are made about intelligence from clothing. T-shirts with kittens on instantly mark you down as being unprofessional, as does wearing too much pink, too much jewellery, and – above all – still wearing the hairstyle you had when you left school. If you wear one bright colour: an orange teeshirt, for example, ensure everything else you wear is neutral toned so that everybody knows you chose the Tee to make an impression, not that you’ve reached the age where you think gaudy colours are your birthright, because the next step from that is the tea-cosy hat and the blue rinse.