These two shirts get featured together because they have one thing in common–I didn’t make them. I simply embellished them.
I drew my sweet sis-in-law for Christmas, and so I bought this tee, made the flowers, and then sewed them on (and don’t you know, I spent 5 X longer on this shirt I didn’t make, than all the ones I did!) Here’s the quick and dirty tutorial for you–
1. Make pretty flowers.
2. Hand sew them onto a piece of tulle.
3. Iron on some interfacing onto the backside of your t-shirt where the detail will go.
4. Sew the tulle–not the flowers–onto the shirt with a sewing machine.
Our second feature is the Party Tee. I call it that because when I wear it I think…”*sigh* I wish I were at a party…..HEY! There’s a party on my SHIRT!”
I’m certainly not the only one to figure this one out (but you MUST know I DID figure it out myself, and didn’t see it on anyone else’s blog!) Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Really. I get lots of ideas of other peep’s blogs. Just not this one. Anyway. So I saw this shirt first at my go-to favorite, Jcrew. Well go-to favorite place to shop for ideas not clothes. Too pricey. Anyway–I saw it there, and quickly figured out that all it is is hearts tacked on in a cluster. Easy peasy. I first did with this coral number, but unfortunately, I forgot to prewash the fabric, and it shrunk UP. Yikes. So I tried it again with this blue shirt I got on clearance at Down East Outfitters. I didn’t like the length of the sleeve–just barely too long. So I cut it right at the band, and re-attached it higher up. Then I had this extra fabric, and I thought, “hmm…what should I do with this extra fabric? Hey! I think I’ll throw a party on my shirt!”
*Note. On my coral shirt the “petals” are softer, and then on my blue one it looks more like confetti. Jcrew’s version has even bigger, softer petals. It has to do with the heart’s humps (is that what you call ’em??). On my coral shirt, I cut the heart pretty mediumish. (see my drawing, for heaven’s sake!) Then with the blue shirt, I made the whole heart wider, and flatter, with longer humps. This made them roll up, rather than softly curl, giving the edges a more pointy look. Jcrew’s are a little bigger, and less flat. I like all three. BUT CAREFUL! I’ve seen people do the hearts skinny and tall. Yikes. No likey. Oh! I also forgot that with the blue, I really packed those suckers in there, where as with the coral there are less. The quick and dirty tutorial:
1. Cut a bunch of hearts from your fabric.
2. Sew them on in a cluster to your shirt’s neckline. Sew just a short line through the center of your heart. Heck, just tack it there somehow.
Um, that’s it.