Hole-y T-shirts, Batman!


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Jan 7, 2005
ok, I have read all the threads on framing jerseys, but not sure this is the same thing. I have three shirts to shadowbox for a customer from his old frat-house days. They are going in a gameroom.

The first he wants mounted, folded showing only the Frat house letters across the front with the neck of the shirt showing so it still resembles a shirt.

The second is Navy (faded badly) with holes in it(seriously) and he wants it just stretched with the print on the back showing and batting underneath for a not so flat appearance (but what about showing through the holes?) Easy enough!?!

The third is a thin white t-shirt with a print on the back. Same deal with this one....except he wants a small printed piece of shirt from the fron side cut out and mounted below the back piece.

Ok, now that we are all confused do you have
Any suggestions on how to do this. I have never attempted this type of job before & although these are not high end conservation pieces, I want to make them look good (of course) with out spending tons of time and killing myself in the process.
I am also not sure how to price a job like this (shop rate??) nor do I really want to spring $$$ for an attach-EZ and fasteners, so any alternative suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again as usual!
If the , uh, integrity of the shirts is not an issue (being that you could cut them without destroying their value), making padded mounts from foam board and batting covered with matching fabric (so the holes don't show as much) colors would seem to be the way to go. The pieces of fabric could then be gently stretched (don't tear them) over the padded mounts, and the mounts in turn secured to a secondary background mount. Matching or contrasting shims to finish the shadowbox.
Being pretty much a "decorative" job, I might be inclined to used a somewhat more aggressive attachment fot eh pieces of fabric to insure they stay where you put them. I really don't think this is the kind of thing that we'll be taking apart and sending to the conservator in a hundred years.
Do discuss the preservation issue with the client.