I just returned a shirt to Esprit that cost under $20. As I was on my way there I started to wonder if I would actually raise more suspicion returning such a cheap clothing item. I was never one to return clothing before doing this project, so I still don't really understand the culture of it in a normal situation. When the clerk at the register asks "why are you returning this?", I'm never sure what seems like a strange answer... "It didn't fit"... "I changed my mind"? I have come up with much more intricate stories, like "I got it as a present for a friend, but then we had a falling out, so now I don't want to give it to her". It is probably a good thing that I am generally compelled to brevity by nerves.
Here's the Esprit shirt, before returning, after alteration, right-side-out:
The turquoise shade guided my purchase. I thought it would go really well the pink fake fur that I like to use. I sewed little tufts of fur into the seams. I wanted to give the feeling that it was sprouting from the interior of the shirt, like something organic spreading. Here's an inside-out shot:
Just little bits of fur, tucked into places that the clerk wouldn't see when I returned it, even if they had to look into the shirt's neck a little to find the tag. Here's a detail shot:
I had considered also adding some little branching forms, the sort that I would cut out of the little sheet paintings I've made with palette scraping and acrylic gel medium:
But once I'd sewn in the fur, I felt like there was a nice simplicity, an almost parasitic feel to it that I an additional element might disrupt, so I returned it with only the pink tufts inserted. What do you think? Should I have added more?