Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Newly Dead Tank Tops

For the upcoming season, Newly Dead (also called Fresh Meat in other leagues) girls need a blank tank top and a white tank top, each with real names or established skater names on them. There's no way to explain how excited I am to finally write "Mel Breakdown" on my things.

I started with $8 Target tank tops. I hear Walmart has cheaper ones, but my experience with Target clothes has been better. I may be a snob.

I grabbed an old shoebox to stretch out the fabric and give me a surface to write on.

Short strokes going with the grain of the fabric worked best for me.

I'd recommend sketching this out first so everything fits. I didn't do that, though.

Because I'm not rostered, I tried to stay team-neutral with colors.

Also, I sketched a logo idea for the front but didn't do it just yet. Maybe soon.

With the extra space, I added my number.

I used a bleach pen for the black shirt because I couldn't find my silver pen.

Good idea, right? Several people suggested it.

Here are some tools of the trade.

Fact: I am unable to take photos of my own back.

Second fact: the bleach pen did not work for me. Not at all. So I re-did it the next day in silver Sharpie. Much better!


Amanda Vickerson said...

Hiya! I'm a member of Maine Roller Derby and I found your blog while researching this "bleach pen" idea. Do you know the wonder of freezer paper stencils? They are amaaaaazing for derby!

I also really love your cooking recipes! And your post about derby in a hearing world. And about body image. And ALL OF IT. <3

Unknown said...

Thanks, Amanda! I'll have to get some ladies craftier than I together to try the freezer paper and blog it. Thanks for the suggestion!

Unknown said...

Stay on top of trends and show off your fashionable style during your teenage years. Girls can push the limits on fashion, and get away with styles that adults can only dream of doing.