Ever have one of those t-shirts that you love, but just don't seem to wear to often? Maybe the hem has fallen down a little, maybe the neckline is too tight, that sort of thing. This band's show t-shirt had been sitting in my 'to be mended' drawer for a couple months. This weekend it was time to do something about it.
When my mum upgraded her sewing machine many years back she gave me her old one (she's since upgraded a few times, but I haven't been the lucky recipient again). When she handed it over, she said something to the effect of "I did SO much lettuce edging for your t-shirts on this machine when you were little, that it's fitting that the machine should be yours. This machine WANTS to be with you to thank you for all the work it got." Fine by me! So when I set out to fix up my shirt this weekend, it also seemed fitting that I should add some lettuce edging. I've had the machine for 15 years and hadn't edged anything with it at all.
I couldn't find too many lettuce edging tutorials out there, so here's mine in 6 super easy steps.
1. Grab a shirt to play with (maybe try it on a practice t-shirt first - I won't be responsible if it all goes horribly wrong)
2. Snip off the edge (or you can unpick the hem, that just takes longer)
3. Set your sewing machine to a zig zag stitch.
4. Sew along the raw edge of the shirt, stretching the fabric as you go.
5. Take it out of the machine, stretch it a little more with your fingers, and TA DA! Lettuce Edges!
6. Wear it out and feel that 1970's girlie vibe!