Nov 27 2010
Embellished Tee with Fabric Strips
I have been on a thrifty hunt to add to my maternity wardrobe.
Remember how it all began with the flower embellished tee, found here?
Well, more simple tees were purchased and and more simple embellished tees have been making an appearance on this ‘ol pregnant self of mine.
Yay for simple comfy knits.
This next shirt, is embellished with fabric strips.
Many little strips of fabric, sewn right next to the other, with turned up knit edges.
Nice and basic but more fun to look at than a plain tee.
Note: Whenever I embellish with knits and leave the edges raw, I always hang dry the clothing. (I actually hang dry all of my shirts because I’m tall and don’t want them to shrink up.) But after washing knits like this shirt and the other shirts I have done (like the one here), I pat the flower/ruffle/knit strips/etc. flat so that they dry more in the shape I’d like them…….and then hang them to dry. Placing them in the dryer may distort/scrunch up their shape, making you very unhappy! :)
Would you like to make your own?
Note: You will not need a ton of extra fabric to create the strips of the front, so you could just purchase one long-sleeved shirt and turn it into a half-sleeve shirt and use the extra fabric from the sleeves for the strips on the front…………….OR, you can save the major pieces of the shirt for a future project. And yes, the rest of the shirt will be used for something for my little girl. I know, not a big surprise!!! ;)
For this shirt, I started with 2 knit shirts in the same color, both purchased at Target on sale. Because I’m pregnant, I purchased a bigger size so that my belly could fill out the extra room.
Then I cut long narrow strips (about 1/2 – 3/4 inch wide) out of the second shirt and centered them along the front of the first shirt. I rearranged them until they looked good to me. No set rule as to how I did this……I just varied the length randomly.
Also, knit tends to curl at the edges after being cut (if yours isn’t, just pull the strip at each end and let go, it will most likely curl a bit for you). I placed each strip with the curl of the edges facing up, to add more dimension to the front of the shirt.
Then I pinned each strip in place, at the top and bottom. (Make sure to pin your strips pretty close together, because the edges roll and you don’t want to see too much background shirt between each strip.)
Then I carefully sewed along the center of each strip, making sure to avoid sewing down the edge of the strip next to it. Also, increase your stitch length just a bit (if necessary) so that your machine isn’t pulling your knit as you go, creating a stretched out mess on the front of your shirt.
Trim the ends of each strip if needed and that’s it.
A newly textured shirt.
Much more fun to wear.