Simple to Chic T-shirt Remakes Part One
Most of us live in our comfortable knit tops and T-shirts. Let’s spice them up a bit with designer embroidery touches. Welcome to Simple to Chic T-shirt Remakes, a Sewing With Nancy two-part TV series—Watch online or on PBS. During this first episode, learn how to transform the common knit shirt into a fresh and smart-looking fashion. Embroidery machine designs are the key to adding embellishment and also the neckline transformation. It’s rather marvelous how it all happens.
Machine embroidery expert Eileen Roche, who uses her embroidery machine to transform off-the-rack tops, will share her techniques with us.
Embroidery Designs Create The Transformation
Embroidery designs can be functional and creative at the same time. The magic combo of functionality and creativity take the guesswork out of these T-shirt remakes. There are eight neckline designs to choose from. Use a 5″ x 7″ embroidery hoop—the most common hoop size—to stitch the magic. Here’s a summary of the process:
- Fold the T-shirt in half, matching the shoulder seams. Mark the center front with a pin.
- Hoop a water-soluble adhesive stabilizer, cloth type in a 5″ x 7″ hoop. Score the paper of the stabilizer within the hooped area with the tip of a pin or seam ripper. Remove the paper covering.
- Set-up the machine with the embroidery unit. Import the neckline design of your choice.
- Stitch color 1 directly onto the stabilizer. This is the functional part of the embroidery, a placement guide.
- Remove the hoop from the machine and place it on the narrow end of the ironing board, with the top of the hoop at the narrow end.
- Place the shirt, hem first, over the ironing board and hoop. Align the center marking of the shirt with the vertical stitch line on the hoop.
- Align the top of the ribbing with the horizontal placement line. Gently smooth the shirt flat over the stabilizer.
- Nest the shirt above the hoop and transport the hoop to the machine.
- Attach the hoop to the machine.
- Use painter’s tape to hold the fabric in place if needed.
- Stitch color 2, the tack-down; this temporary stitching will be removed when the embroidery is complete.
- Embroider the decorative elements—the eyelets and the design.
- Place the 6″ x 8″ rectangle of prewashed tricot interfacing fusible side up over the embroidery, extending the interfacing 1/2″ above the ribbing.
- Stitch the final color, which is the stitching for the neckline opening—the transformation!
- Remove hoop from machine and release the garment from the hoop. Trim away the excess water-soluble stabilizer.
- Slide the shirt over a sleeve board. Cut the shirt between the center stitched lines.
- Turn the shirt wrong side out and slip it over the sleeve board. Slightly pull the interfacing from the front to the back.
- Trim the interfacing even with the ribbing. Fold in the ribbing 1/4″. (Watch the online video to see Eileen demonstrate this unique finish.)
- Press the interfacing from the wrong side.
- Remove the tack-down stitching. (It will come out easily!)
- Insert the tip of a sharp scissors in the center of each eyelet. Gently clip through the fabric.
- Lacing: Use a yarn needle to thread the lace/cording, and then thread the lace/cording through each eyelet.
Chic Sleeve Remakes
Our transformed shirts have a surprise, a tasteful repeat of the neckline design at the sleeve hem. Here’s how to add thread accents to your sleeve.
- Stitch color 1 of the sleeve embroidery directly onto the stabilizer. Featured is the placement guide for the right sleeve—notice the “R” stitched on the stabilizer. (There are two sleeve embroideries—one for the left sleeve and the other for the right sleeve.)
- Open the side seam of the sleeve and position the center of the sleeve with the center marking stitched on the stabilizer.
- Stitch color 2, the tack-down stitch.
- Stitch the embroidery design.
- Repeat the process for the left sleeve. Then, remove the tack-down stitching and restitch the side seams. Ta dah!
Create Exciting T-shirt Transformations with this Unique Embroidery Collection
Simple to Chic T-shirt Remakes Package contains:
- 8 neckline designs
- 7 sleeve designs
- 9 hemline side seam designs
- Step-by-step instructions for T-shirt remakes.
- 24 designs that fit in 5″ x 7″ hoop and two bonus jumbo designs
Watch Simple to Chic T-shirt Remakes on Sewing With Nancy online.
For a chance to win a copy of the Simple to Chic T-shirt Remakes DVD from Nancy’s Notions, leave a comment sharing which style of T-shirt you most often purchase. (For example: Long sleeve V-neck, printed jersey, short sleeve crew neck, etc.)
The random winner of a copy of the new book, Change-Up Patchwork, from Nancy’s Notions is Lois Taber.
Her comment was, “Nancy, watching you perform the step-by-step method for a scrappy quilt really helps me visualize how to do it on my own. So, when I sit down and begin sewing, I run the camera of your steps in my mind to help me sew in a easy, simple manner. It increases my confidence!”
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