I have to report a fatality; namely a striped Banana Republic men’s t-shirt (a Christmas gift that my husband received several years ago from his mother).  The tragedy occurred when the perpetrator (that would be me) saw a picture of Ka Pow Wow’s grey jersey necklace.  It was comfortingly familiar (the t-shirt fabric)…subtle, yet funky…and a very good candidate for a little DIY (therefore, in my slightly dubious fashion math, "saving" me $99).  And so, the replica project was born.

The slashing of the t-shirt was cathartic, the subsequent plaiting very restful, but at that point the inspiration/DIY gods threw me a curveball because, when I’d finished my "homage to…" necklace, I realized that it just wasn’t me or, should I say, the restrained quality that I’d admired on the original was a little too plain when I was confronted with it in reality.  Thankfully my sewing basket spill-eth over, and I had some Victorian rosettes in there; they were originally designed as upholstery trimmings but they were a complementary color scheme to the (now sadly diminished) Banana Republic t-shirt so they were added to the mix.

The end result is a hybrid; a blend of restrained versus ornate, modern versus historical, this versus that.  Not what I intended but not altogether a bad thing.

Images courtesy of Hebden.