Tuesday, July 3, 2012

embellished tee

I originally wrote this for my friend Vanessa's Crafting on a Dime series, but I wanted to post it here for my records and in case any of you missed it. This shirt has become one of my favorites. 

Since I pretty much sit at a desk all day, my 'uniform' has basically become jeans and a v-neck tee. Why should I wear a fancy dress only to get wrinkly or cover myself in spray adhesive? Despite that, I've been slowing adding cuter clothing to my wardrobe, but it can be expensive. So I thought I'd jazz up part of my 'uniform' by adding some fabric embellishment. I always have lots of fabric on hand, especially scraps, so I decided to add a flower to my basic v-neck.

Plain t-shirt ($7.50)
Fabric (less than 1/4 of a yard) (~$2.00)  
total project cost: $9.50


Step 1: Decide how you want to embellish your shirt and select your fabric. I wanted to keep it fairly flat, so I decided to make a flower with some leaves, so I cut some wavy flower and leaf shapes out of my two different fabrics. I used almost an entire six-inch square for the flower portion and a two by four inch piece for the leaves.

I wanted my edges to fray, so I left the fabric alone. If you want the edges to stay crisp, you can apply some fray check after cutting out your shapes.

Step 2: Arrange your embellishment on your shirt. You might want to put your shirt on to see where the placement looks best.

Step 3: Start sewing on your pieces, starting with the bottom layer and working your way up. I stitched around each piece twice, using a fun color thread because I wanted the stitching to stand out.

Step 4: Continue sewing until all layers have been attached to your shirt.

Step 5: Put on your new embellished t-shirt and wear it proudly!

I love the way it turned out and I seriously wear it all the time. :)

If you embellish a shirt or make any projects you've seen here, please send me an email or leave a comment with a link to a picture or post. I'd love to see what you created!

xoxo, christa


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