Saturday, June 11, 2011

grey 3D flowers

Last year I was at Dillard's and saw a Yansi Fugel top that had a great detail at the neck line.
The top was a heavy weight cotton/wool blend, and didn't quite like the 'corset' like shape.
(and to be 100% honest, I din't like the price tag either!!)

...But you know me, I'm all over a t-shirt redo.
Snapped a picture, got home, 
and (of course) made a knockoff my own version.

--> To make this shirt, you need:
* a plain t-shirt
* some matching jersey fabric/ leftovers from other projects (or not-so-matching could work nicely as well)
* a piece of some iron-on interfacing fabric
* thick upholstery thread
* a bit of patience... about 2 hours of your time

--> How-to :

* press together the interfacing and the jersey fabric that you want to use for the decorative flowers
* cut out all the different shapes
* sew around every part with the upholstery thread (I used an off white to have a more detailed stitching)
* place and pin the petals, leaves and buds onto your t-shirt - this is how I laid out mine:

*** to create the 3D effect, you'll need to sew only the edges of the parts onto your t-shirt pinching the middle of the petals / leaves / or rounds***

This way, the flowers will end up being thicker, and dimensional... note that pressing the shirt after a wash you'll "squeeze" the flowers a bit, but while you'll wear it, these flowers will get back in their pretty 3D shape!

xox, d.

will link to these parties *<:)


  1. I could NEVER do this. Amazing.
    And may I say I prefer yours to the original? Seriously.

    New follower from the Mel Dreams Often hop.
    Congrats on being featured!


  2. Love your Blog!
    I have a natural obsession with DIY so it makes sense that I am your NEWEST Follower.

    Been posting a lot of DIY's myself {not near as many as yours}... but for getting ready for out baby to come in September - I sure do have a lot on the go! Would love for you to pop by and see!


  3. This is a great shirt. I want to make one, but I have a question. I see that you stitched around each piece first (with a contrast thread), but how exactly did you attach the pcs to the shirt? Also, the interfacing helps stabilize the jersey, but does it show? (like at the edges?) Thanks!!!

  4. @ Michelle T: after having stitched each part, I stitched only the center of the petals onto the shirt, overlapping the round parts in the center. for the leaves, i stitched onto the shirt only few spots so that the leaves will sort of 'flow'.
    if the interfacing is well attached to the shirt it won't show. if you send me an email address i can send you more pictures!

  5. Yours is prettier than the original!!!! Thanks for posting this... I'm totally pinning this

  6. This is SO cute! And I have to agree yours is SO much cuter than the original! Thanks SO much for sharing. I definitely want to give it a try myself.

  7. Wow! What a fabulous job:) It looks great! I am a new follower. Have a great weekend!!

  8. This is awesome! I am pinning it now! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  9. Oh thanks, would love more pics
    email dot michelle at yahoo dot com

  10. yours is just as adorable and definitely more wearable! what a brilliant diy! :)

  11. This is SO SO pretty!! I am adding this to my list of "gee I really want to try this" projects! Thanks for the great detailed tutorial!

  12. Beautiful t-shirt- and much better than the original one in the store I'd say!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  13. Really pretty. I like the way everything lays on the t-shirt. Great job~

  14. So Cute!!! You did a great job. I am a new follower from the newbie party, can't wait to see what you make next!!

  15. I like your shirt better! I am pinning this to my Pinterest board so I can remember it when I need to redo a t-shirt! Thanks for sharing!

  16. I'm in love with your skills!! Adorable!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!

  17. Wow, your shirt turned out fabulous! You ROCK!!! I will be featuring you on this weeks Amaze Me Monday :D

  18. Beautiful! Better than the inspiration, too!

  19. Wow I love this top! It's looks so easy too. I'm pinned it on Pinterest. I started following your blog and your Pinterest.

    Christine @


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