The Bottom Line
- Full color street fashion photos bring the projects to life.
- With over 108 ways to perform t-shirt surgery, you won't run out of ideas.
- Great options for those who don't like to sew.
- Skill levels are indicated for each project to avoid newbie frustration.
- Some of the projects seem like they're stretching it. Some are just ugly.
- Skinny models on each page might discourage girls of realistic body types.
- These are all ideas that you can find elsewhere, but it is handy to have them all in one inspirational book.
- Spend a lot of time in the back of the book, where you can learn to turn your t-shirt into a blanket or bag.
- The t-shirts in this book feature logos and catch phrases that you will recognize and can draw you into a project.
Guide Review - Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt by Megan Nicolay
In this book, Nicolay has compiled both no-sew and sewing required projects to turn t-shirts into everything from a tank top to leg warmers. I have been doing projects like this for years, and I still find this book to be a handy resource.
Some projects, like 'pleasantly punk' and the 'comfort corset' are new ideas that I havn't seen yet in t-shirt surgery. I am loving these shirts, which look like something that was mall-bought.
However, some projects look like they belong at a classic rock concert, accompanying poofy bangs and a pack of Bud. There is a fine line between punk and trash. Make sure you pair the down-home shirts such as 'Fringe Benefits' 'Shoulder Slash' and 'Ode to the Mullet' with an up-to-date skirt or leg warmers to let everyone know your stance on trailer park living.
My favorites? The t-shirt to accessory ideas. Some of you may already know these tricks. When you slice off the sides and top of a t-shirt, you are left with two rectangles of fabric, which can be turned into just about anything. Nicolay shows us how to make a quilt, a sit-upon, and a tote bag, among other things.
While I enjoyed the color photos, I couldn't help but notice how emaciated the models were. All girls like t-shirts, Nicolay. I understand that t-shirts are often altered because they come in sizes that are too large for a lot of chicks to wear. We do have breasts and bellies, though, and it would be nice to see how larger breasts and fuller figures would look in these designs. This fact alone can make a lot of potential DIY divas put this book back on the shelf.