change the look of a plain t-shirt with silk chiffon:
few tricks to for an easy DIY
what you need // supplies- a plain t-shirt in your pick of color (mine is a Hanes Men's ComfortBlend® in royal blue)
- half yard of silk chiffon in matching color (I bought mine on Ebay from seller SilkFabric and got really lucky because the color is the perfect match!!)
- Freezer Paper
- Fabric scissors
- Schmetz #1770 - Twin Needle - 3mm
... and a sewing machine: (you don't need a fancy one: I used my Brother sewing machine)
t-shirt with chiffon: the how-to // tutorial ... and the tricks
|Cut the crew neck ribbing along the seams.|
trick #1: use freezer paper to cut and manipulate light fabric!
|Prepare the silk chiffon by ironing onto the freezer paper: |
this step will make dealing with chiffon much easier;
and it won't let the light silk fray while you're cutting it and sewing!
trick #2: wear the t-shirt over a box to make a pattern of a seamless neckline!
|Place the shirt onto a box where you'd have placed a sheet of paper .|
Stretch it and make sure that is symmetrical: you can now trace the neck opening
onto the sheet of paper
|Now trace an inner line and an outer line to the pattern of your neck opening|
(the traced lines are about 7/8" from the center line)
|Cut two pieces of silk without cutting the inner part|
|Stretch the neck opening of your shirt and run a basting stitch over the two layers of silk|
leaving the inner mark of the pattern about 3/4" visible over the t-shirt.
|Now cut part of the inner pattern, still leaving more than you need so it won't fray|
|Use the twin needles to sew around the neck: |
I kept the foot of my sewing machine on the inner edge as guide.
|Cut the seams off the sleeves|
|Cut along the side seams just up 1/2" from the sleeves|
|Cut two triangles of silk chiffon with the length of the side openings of the t-shirt + 4"|
the base of the triangles is 8" wide
trick #3: use a piece of cardstock with a line to press rolling edges or hem lines !
|Remove the freezer paper and use a piece of cardstock with a line traced at 3/8" |
to press the sides of the triangles neatly
|Press the sides twice so there won't be any fraying edges exposed|
|With the t-shirt inside out bast the chiffon triangles |
(with the folds of the silk chiffon facing the t-shirt)
|Sew along the edge with the twin needle : |
I sewed two seams to keep the side seams neatly down
then cut the silk chiffon at 1/2" longer than the t-shirt hem (to allow extra room for fraying)
|Cut two pieces of silk chiffon on the diagonal sides of the previously cut triangles: |
about 2" wide x the circumference of the sleeves slightly stretched.
Pin the fabric onto the sleeves and sew along the edge with the twin needle.
|Once all the seams are done, remove the freezer paper.|
Because of the twin needles, that make a sort of a zig-zag pattern on the wrong part of the fabric,
there will be some leftover paper trapped into the seams.
|I soaked my shirt in warm water for a little bit, and that helped remove most of it.|
You can see there is just a little left around the neck.
Next wash should get rid of the rest.
Caring instruction: Hand-wash only and hang or lay flat to dry!
NOTE: I really like the flared shape, and this shirt was a bit too tight; so adding the extra fabric on the side was not only a matter of taste, but a real need.
This is not the first time I'm adding a triangular shape on a t-shirt:
- my most popular post of the DIY - Red Valentino "bow on the back t-shirt" has a triangular insert in the back
- and on the DIY - Add a flare tank top I used a lace motif applique in the front.
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