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Come Craft With The Uniform Project & Megan Nicolay of Generation T

Dec 22, 2009

by Julie Schneider handmade and vintage goods

UPDATE: We had such a fun time last night! Thank you to all who brought your questions to the Q&A in the Virtual Labs, and thanks to Sheena and Eliza for their very interesting A’s. Today, Sheena is wearing the free-form, radical, catatonic kitten from outer space T-shirt she made last night, under Megan’s tutelage. More photos from last night are posted on our Flickr stream.

[The following was originally posted on December 17, 2009.]

Why stay in and craft all by your lonesome? Come join us for a used clothing reinvention and swap with The Uniform Project and Megan Nicolay of Generation T — whether you’re in Brooklyn or anywhere in the world. Stop by for our weekly Craft Night in our online multi-user chat room, the Virtual Labs, for a live online demo at 5 p.m. ET, or in person at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn anytime between 4-8 p.m. at 55 Washington Street, Suite 512 in Brooklyn, New York. (Click here to see what time 5 p.m. ET is in your hometown.) Craft Night is a time to make things, sharpen your craft skills, and connect with fellow crafters.

Have you ever done a 365 day challenge? What’s your New Year’s resolution? How about starting with giving old clothes new lives! This week, on Monday, December 21, visit the Etsy Labs and the Virtual Labs for a used clothing swap and clothing reinvention project.

The Uniform Project will talk about the 365 day challenge they’re pursuing to raise money and awareness about disadvantaged school children. Sheena (see at left in the stylish bob) is wearing one little black dress for an entire year and documenting her inventive outfit customization methods with handmade and vintage accessories. Eliza (pictured on the left) designed the frock, which has turned out to be infinitely adaptable. Read our full interview with the Uniform Project here.

This Monday we’ll roll up the sleeves of our used t-shirts and make a project too. Megan Nicolay (pictured below), author of Generation T, will be at Craft Night to demo a no-sew project for turning your old t-shirts into something new and fresh. We’re inviting everyone who comes to bring some used clothing you’d like to swap with other attendees, cut up and reinvent with Megan, or if you don’t have any clothes that fit the bill, Threadless will be sending us a box of misprinted t-shirts ready for reinvention.

If you are attending Craft Night virtually this week and would like to reconstruct a t-shirt with us along with us, be sure to bring along a t-shirt and a pair of scissors.

Here’s a sampling of Megan’s no-sew projects:
Upcoming Events at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn:
12/28/09 through 1/18/10: Craft Night Hiatus (No Craft Nights at the Etsy Labs during this time.)
1/25: Stenciling with Ed Roth of Stencil 101
2/1: Matchbox Valentines with Rachel Johnson of Swap-bot
2/8: Heatpress printing with Dari of papismami

Looking for further fashion inspiration? Try these links:

 Accessorize This: The Uniform Project | Handmade Portraits: Built by Wendy

Will we see you Monday, ready to reconstruct your old clothing? Let us know in the comments below.

Repurposed Cotton Shrug with Applique - Light Lilac
Repurposed Cotton Shrug with Applique - Light Lilac
RESERVED for Emilie007- CUSTOM Reconstructed T shirt - LARGE
RESERVED for Emilie007- CUSTOM Reconstructed T shirt - LARGE
Striped Ruffles
Striped Ruffles
Recycled T-Shirt Bracelet with Crocheted Band
Recycled T-Shirt Bracelet with Crocheted Band
Repurposed Cotton Shrug with Collar - Peppermint Stripe, Extra Large
Repurposed Cotton Shrug with Collar - Peppermint Stripe, Extra Large
corset top made from a MICHIGAN WOLVERINES shirt
corset top made from a MICHIGAN WOLVERINES shirt
Dark Green Recycled T-shirt Yarn
Dark Green Recycled T-shirt Yarn
Make-up Bag or Clutch Bag Green with Wooden Button Upcycled tshirt Material
Make-up Bag or Clutch Bag Green with Wooden Button Upcycled tshirt Material
Recycled T-Shirt Necklace with Crocheted Band
Recycled T-Shirt Necklace with Crocheted Band


  • Heart0Felt

    Heart0Felt said 8 years ago

    Great, see you there!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 8 years ago

    i'll be there in spirit :) love the no-sew ideas!

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 8 years ago

    Sounds Good!

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 8 years ago

    i'm working on some bead n'fabric necklaces that i'm very excited about right now, using vintage shirts! i'll be blogging about my progress here soon:

  • vintagetheory

    vintagetheory said 8 years ago

    Great transformations. Love them all!

  • elanvitalanthology

    elanvitalanthology said 8 years ago

    Not listed in Virtual Labs yet - what day of the week is "Weekly Craft Night"? This is one I don't want to miss.

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 8 years ago

    I won't be there Monday, but this will be a new year's resolution ~ re-create some duds for my closet!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 8 years ago

    Wish I could make it to the Etsy Labs!!!!

  • missindie

    missindie said 8 years ago

    Awesome!! Very excited for this!

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 8 years ago


  • rockythezombie

    rockythezombie said 8 years ago

    Loving HEY JOE by SmarmyClothes... sweet threads!

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 8 years ago

    Love the idea of recycling!Great idea!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 8 years ago

    whish I could be there!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    Looks like fun!

  • marviii

    marviii said 8 years ago

    Interesting..a new angle :)

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 8 years ago

    i have a few items that could do with rescueing from obscurity, bring on the etsy lab ha ha ha

  • Marang97

    Marang97 said 8 years ago

    I make most of my creations from old t-shirts! I can't wait to see what's in store for craft night! Thanks!

  • smarmyclothes

    smarmyclothes said 8 years ago

    Very cool!

  • reticulateddesign

    reticulateddesign said 8 years ago

    looks like the best of times!

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 8 years ago

    Looks like lot's of fun. I wish I was closer.

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 8 years ago

    this is terrific- one dress for a whole year- that is amazing!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 8 years ago

    The Uniform Project is a wonderful concept and experiment! Glad Etsy's giving it more exposure.

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique said 8 years ago

    I absolutely love the Uniform project. Would love to do something like that as my wardrobe basically consists only of black dresses + bold vintage accessories. Eh... always there is someone first. But the charity conception is really nice.

  • Studiotto

    Studiotto said 8 years ago

    I'm coming too!! I will absolutely participate to craft night with ed roth!

  • econica

    econica said 8 years ago

    this is pretty cool!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 8 years ago

    very cool!

  • angeldogdesigns

    angeldogdesigns said 8 years ago

    so many clever ideas ♥

  • nicolleashton

    nicolleashton said 8 years ago

    I am already doing this with cashmere sweaters, and am thinking of how many of my clothes I could "repurpose" into cooler things that I will actually wear/give away. I just might have to make a trip out to NY for this craft night...

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Nice idea!

  • Bluebrooch

    Bluebrooch said 8 years ago

    Interesting projects!

  • anemonecomms

    anemonecomms said 8 years ago

    great article, thanks!

  • voscoleccion

    voscoleccion said 8 years ago

    Greta and nice idea!!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 8 years ago

    Looks like it will be a fun time!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    What a great project,wish I could be there!

  • sage12888

    sage12888 said 8 years ago


  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 8 years ago

    Oh how fun!

  • sweethead

    sweethead said 8 years ago

    Oh how fun! Wish I could join you guys!

  • JenniferCrochets

    JenniferCrochets said 8 years ago

    Wow this will be my first and I can hardly wait. It's going to be a long weekend, lol!

  • glamasaurus

    glamasaurus said 8 years ago

    Love all the picks. Wish I did this with my school uniforms.

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple said 8 years ago

    LOVE Generation T. I have already completed a few of their to do when it's hard to bring a sewing machine with!

  • VintiqueLa

    VintiqueLa said 8 years ago

    love this stuff, been making some on my own....what do you think?

  • clearcat

    clearcat said 8 years ago

    awesome~! great idea~!!!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 8 years ago

    wish I could go!

  • HempPatch

    HempPatch said 8 years ago

    Great to hear about this here! I've had one of their books for a while now and really enjoy it! Congrats on your success!

  • melaries57

    melaries57 said 8 years ago

    Looking forward to seeing how to recycle t's into another form. You mean tie dye isn't the only way to go?

  • erfo

    erfo said 8 years ago

    i'm certainly there! now to find a t-shirt to terrorize....

  • taintbosh

    taintbosh said 8 years ago

    How cool. I usually just wear my t-shirts until they disintegrate. This will be a nice challenge.

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 8 years ago

    Funky fun!

  • ricerafferty

    ricerafferty said 8 years ago

    Generation T is such a great book! I love reinventing tshirts that are too large into something cute and stylish.

  • MadameKoiteh

    MadameKoiteh said 8 years ago

    I think I'd like to come. Can I bring my little ones?

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 8 years ago

    wish we could join you all!!!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 8 years ago

    I love this! Thanks

  • orchardfarmsoap

    orchardfarmsoap said 8 years ago

    makes me want to sew!

  • tashascreations

    tashascreations said 8 years ago

    Interesting! Great way to stay green.

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 8 years ago

    wish I could be there-sounds great!

  • purlsofcolour

    purlsofcolour said 8 years ago

    Brilliant! I've been revamping my clothes for years, but this is so inspiring! Thanks!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    I was in the labs last evening enjoyed it, only problem I had to leave early.

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  • dafnadagan

    dafnadagan said 8 years ago


  • NoisyButterfly

    NoisyButterfly said 8 years ago


  • LoucheLab

    LoucheLab said 8 years ago

    This was such a fun day! thanks so much for hosting this awesome event! I've made a cool scarf and wore it almost every day since. I'm so there next craft night. Oh, and if there's a way to flag article comments, I'm flagging this ad for Pakistani tool manufacturers above me.

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello said 8 years ago

    Fun times!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 8 years ago

    I love all this re-using and re-inventing! I do it with old wool. The green clutch bag is cool and reminds me of my grandmother's rag rugs. Her generation found a new use for almost everything. Everything moves in circles - it all comes back again!!

  • keeperofart

    keeperofart said 8 years ago

    I make handcrafted silver gemstone jewelry. All my jewelry items are designed keeping in mind the healing qualities of gemstones.

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