Here’s an idea about how to make your clothing work a little bit harder for you. Your t-shirt can say one thing, while your sweatshirt says another, and together, they combine to say something entirely different. With a clever choice of words and the flip of a zipper, you can tune your message to suit your mood.
The components are simple and inexpensive: iron-on letters, a t-shirt and a sweatshirt.
Iron your message onto your t-shirt first. Try it on with the sweatshirt so you can mark where the letters for the second message will go.
You can use pins to mark where the letters should line up. Iron on your second message. And that’s all there is to it. It was easy, so we decided to make another one.
Of course, easy is relative. The hard part is coming up with the phrases that you’re going to use. We had a lot of time on our hands to brainstorm during a middle school band concert, which is when we came up with the Binary / Ordinary / Orders combination. Another that we like has “HE’S A FLAKE” on the tee and “SHIRT” on the sweatshirt, which combine to reveal “SHE’S A FLIRT.”
(We also came up with many more that are only marginally suitable for the delicate ears of our readership, like the one with “FUNNY” on the sweatshirt– with the zipper betwixt the ‘U’ and ‘N’– and “HACK MY BUFFER” on the t-shirt.)
One helpful tool for creating mixed messages is a crossword dictionary, such as this one. When you have two parts figured out, e.g. REST becomes RESIST, you can go look for words with the correct middle letters, SI. Our short list included BASIC, CESIUM, DESIGN, FUSION, and VISION.
Here’s how our second one came out. The larger letters were easier to work with, especially when taking the zipper into account for kerning.
|If you make a mixed message ensemble, we’d love to hear about it. You can post pictures in the Evil Mad Science Auxiliary on flickr, or let us know about your clever and witty messages in the comments below. And the message we’ll leave you with is “don’t be ordinary.”|