T and Sympathy

I have a few old T-shirts in my closet. They hang there, proverbial skeletons, so boring that I can’t imagine ever removing one from its hanger and actually putting it on. But I don’t throw them away, either. And my eleven-year-old daughter has drawers full of oversized camp T-shirts and freebies, plus a few XLs her father gave her, all of which she rarely wears but won’t throw away, either.

Megan Nicolay had a similar stash when she was a tween — except that she, with a little prodding from her parents, figured out something to do with all those baggy shirts. Nicolay remembers well the first T-shirt she re-fashioned: “It was a white Hanes undershirt of my dad’s. I batiked a peace sign on it — that was in my hippie days — and dyed it a raspberry color.”

And that was just the beginning, before she and her sisters ever took a pair of scissors to a tee. Since then, though, she’s gone on to write two books for fashion-design do-it-yourselfers. The sky’s the limit, says Nicolay, who’s now riding a popular trend to the end of the rainbow. “Ultimately, once you think of the T-shirt as merely being a piece of fabric, you can make anything out of it,” she notes. “It’s a blank canvas.”

She’ll be in Denver at the Tattered Cover on Colfax tonight to sign her latest book, Generation T: Beyond Fashion, which goes beyond the basic wardrobe-oriented, closet-revamping recipes of the first tomes to incorporate new uses for T-shirts, including accessories for the home, car and your pet. There’s even a chapter dedicatd to guys.

Join Nicolay at her free tee party at 7:30 p.m. at 2526 East Colfax Avenue; go to www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-322-7727 for more information.
Wed., July 1, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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