Hand Embroidered Modified T-Shirt
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This tutorial will give a feminine flair to a plain boring unisex/men's t-shirt using four waist darts, two in front, two smaller ones in back. The design is hand stitched, and the lace edging on the sleeves was attached using a decorative machine stitch.
Total Time: A weekend.
- 1 basic men's/unisex T-shirt
- 1 white embroidery floss
- 1 red metallic embroidery floss
- 1 embroidery pattern of choice
- 1 pattern tracing paper
- 20 safety pins
- 20 straight pins
- 1 small gauge knitting needle or ball point pen
- 1/2 yd 1/2 inch lace edging
- 2 thread in coordinating and contrasting color
- 1 dress form (or a friend if you don't have a dress form)
- 1 tear-away embroidery stabilizer
- 1 small piece of medium/heavy weight fusible interfacing
- Prepare your T-shirt: Wash your shirt and dry as usual. Remove ribbing from around neckline and carefully cut threads from hems of sleeves.
- Alterations Neckline and Sleeves: When your shirt is dry, make waist darts in desired places, mark desired placement with safety pins.
- Place lace edging around neckline and raw edge of sleeves.
- Sew in place with desired decorative machine stitch.
- Embroidery: Mark the area you wish to embroider with straight pins. Apply tear-away stabilizer by fusing with an iron on the cotton setting.
- Place contrasting tracing paper color side down, pin to secure. Place desired embroidery pattern on top of tracing paper, pin to secure. Trace pattern onto T-shirt. Stitch pattern onto shirt.
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