I have done a lot of loose diy guides to refashioning clothes, anthrocopies, and general alterations. I have been sifting through some of the old posts lately. Looking at my babies as they have grown. Looking at my talents change through these several years.
While I have given away a lot of this past work, I do still have a few pieces I love and wear often. This piece is one of those. I wore it last week, and many of my coworkers commented on it. It made me think that I should revive a few of these old tutorials and inspirations. You can find the original post here and here(from November 2010!). I think this will become a weekly feature.
There are two versions of this same idea, and I am going to do a little mash up here in order to give you the most instruction.
courtesy of Anthropologie (shirt no longer available as it is from the November 2010) catalog
I cut my leaves out of other t shirts that needed recycling. Most of them are from the kids stained clothes. I cut 5 leaves from each of 4 colors, and then 5 circles from the same color. You could change this up in a LOT of ways. I may need to do another in rainbow style. Because knits don’t fray, I didn’t hem the leaves at all. I used my dress form to stretch the shirt while I pinned the leaves in a placement I liked, and then hand basted them so they would stay in place better. I tried the shirt on after I basted them to make sure there weren’t any gaps and that I liked it.
Then I sewed them on to the shirt with a contrasting thread, and a line in the center to distinguish these blobs as leaves.
not so hard. A quick change from plain ol tee to fab-o tee!
1 take a fav shirt, cut out leaf and floral shapes from old tee shirts.
2 Pin to fav shirt in desired pattern
3 Baste them jersey to your shirt. Try it on, make sure you like where the leaves fall
4 very carefully, sew each leaf down, each blossom down, secure to the shirt. When sewing on Jersey I tend to increase the length of my stitches a little. I also use a jersey or ball point needle. The carefully part refers to stretching. Do Not pull on the fabric, it will come out stretch, not to return to a normal shape again.
5 I leave the edges raw. gives it that “modern” appeal. plus, its easier to toss in the wash.