How to mask or get creative with stupid embroidered logo on shirt?
August 30, 2011 12:04 PM   Subscribe

Need to get creative and turn a dorkish fonted *B* into something beautiful.

Got a whole bunch of black shirts with a really corny white *B* embroidered on the pocket. Cringe. The shirts are kind of cool other than the logo. Want to do something creative in a subtle way that'll look nice, not whacky.

Looking for creative ideas how to turn the B into something else without resorting to words which I don't want. Would go with appliqued florals sewn on top of the B - painting abstracts or just filling in the white with black to camouflage it completely - but I'd know it was still there receding in the background and that's not cool. So - your thoughts on this please and if possible links and/or photos. Thanks!
posted by watercarrier to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (15 answers total)
A picture of the *B* would be helpful.
posted by davejay at 12:13 PM on August 30, 2011

Can you get a seam ripper and just remove the stitching? If it's a knit shirt the holes from the stitches should disappear after a trip through the laundry. Might be worth a try.
posted by TooFewShoes at 12:13 PM on August 30, 2011

You could add some wings and stuff and turn the "B" into an actual bee? But that might still be corny, I don't know
posted by stillnocturnal at 12:29 PM on August 30, 2011

I've seam-ripped ugly machine embroidery before. If the B is very small it may be hard to do if you don't have experience doing it, but if all the stitches are bigger than, say, a millimeter or two, it'll be super easy.
posted by tchemgrrl at 12:37 PM on August 30, 2011

davejay - Here's a similar one - except the background is blue

TooFewShoes- I could do that - except it's a lot of work and I got 10 shirts to rip - ack. Anyway the stitching is very closely done - I think I'd mess it up. So neh.
posted by watercarrier at 12:38 PM on August 30, 2011

maybe some decorative floral design? Or do something with 3D, a B that looks like Jean-Claude Fahri's Secret Point or the mare139 graffiti sculpture?
posted by TolkienLibrary at 12:38 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Just sew another kind of fabric onto the pocket in a pocket shape!
posted by 200burritos at 12:45 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

You could apply an applique over the top. Themed shirts for every occasion!
posted by Squeak Attack at 12:56 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

How about carefully using black permanent marker on the B to make it blend into the shirt? Chances are it'll fade in the wash, but you can just refresh the marker.
posted by Dragonness at 1:12 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Make some beautiful little fabric flowers and pin them over the B. You might want to take them off before washing though.
posted by 256 at 1:50 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Remove the Bs from 5 shirts. On the remaining five shirts, sew the Bs, upside down, to the immediate left of the Bs that are already there. Voila! Five shirts with stylized butterflies on them.
posted by googly at 2:06 PM on August 30, 2011

Remove the pocket altogether
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 2:24 PM on August 30, 2011

Remove the pocket with the B, then have another pocket sewn on.

I would go with very bright or very saturated solid colors. The contrast between the black and a nice solid green, blue, pink or even white pocket would look really swell. (Have someone with a good eye for color matching pick for you, if you aren't confident in your own ability.) As a bonus you can make the new pockets every so slight bigger than the old pockets to cover up any obvious blemished from removing the old pockets.

These are short-sleeve shirts right?
posted by oddman at 2:37 PM on August 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

I'd go with either a) replacing/covering the pocket with another pocket (you could probably pay an alterations place to do this), or b) buying a bunch of cool brooches and pinning a different one over the "B" each time.
posted by amtho at 3:41 PM on August 30, 2011

How big is the B? Could you just put a button over it?

Or, alternatively, could you just remove the pockets? If they're polos and only have the one pocket, I don't think you lose a lot of value without the pocket...but obviously if they're button-downs and have pockets on each side, then it becomes more work.

Or maybe a fun take on pocket squares with some fun scarfy-like fabric?
posted by erstwhile at 7:54 PM on August 30, 2011

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