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Saturday, July 14, 2012    

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With the Olympic Games just around the corner, we've started preparing our outfits to show our support for our athletes. Although we are 100 per cent behind the entire Jamaican squad, we have a particular favourite... "The Beast", Yohan Blake. We're throwing our support behind him and his YB Afraid foundation, which supports children in need. YB Afraid T-shirts are available for purchase at Joseph's and all proceeds from the sale of these shirts go to his foundation. We bought a variety which we've converted in true Rock the Cloth fashion to make them stylish and feminine without veering from the message and the cause.

A T-shirt is exactly that, a tee, and can hardly be described as stylish, so if you're not really a T-shirt kinda girl or guy, with a bit of imagination you can adjust your shirt to suit your style

Yohan is seen here sporting his Run This Town T-shirt, in the Jamaican colours, black, green and gold We've converted this same T and a few others for different looks.

Look 1 is the same shirt taken in from the arm to the hem for a Batwing-style blouse. Using an extra large T-shirt we were able to get the room we needed under the arm and by stitching inward from the sleeve on an angle and then straight down to the hem, this makes the blouse fitted at the bodice. For the open, off-the-shoulder neckline we cut away the collar and opened the neckline by eight more inches. We paired the shirt with a bright yellow racer back tank and black leggings. Green and gold accessories complete the look.

Look 2 converts a small T-shirt into a fitted mini tee, by taking it in at the sides and sleeves. However, we took this tee a bit further by making slashes in the back for an edgier look (2b). To do this: fold the back only in half, and make evenly spaced cuts in the shirt.

Look 3 is a full conversion that transforms a simple tee into a maxi dress. For this look we removed the sleeves from the T-shirt all the way to the neckline, for a deep racer back look. We also cut 8 inches from the hem of the shirt to achieve a shorter drop waist and to this we attached a full-length skirt in a matching green fabric to the YB Afraid lettering.

To make the skirt:

1. Cut front and back of the skirt, making the waist the exact same measurements as the waist of the T-shirt (plus seam allowance for closure) and flaring to the width of the fabric.

2. With right sides facing, attach skirt (fabric) to the T-shirt hem.

3. Close skirt at sides or back.

4. Hem.

You now have a stylish, completely converted T-shirt, and though this may not be appropriate for jumping in celebration in the Stadium, it's perfect for the celebrations that will follow. We used the scrap material to make a turban to finish the look.

Check us next week for more Olympic looks…GO JAMAICA! And all the best to our team!

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