Tutorial: How to customise a t-shirt – add a pussy bow collar

Tutorial: How to customise a t-shirt – add a pussy bow collar

Turn this

plain t-shirt

Into this

completed t-shirt customisation

Materials:

A v neck t-shirt

½ metre of chiffon or similar fabric

Coordinating thread

Scissors

Tape measure

Rotary cutter and mat (optional)

Sewing Machine

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Step 1: Cut the collar and edge of the sleeves off your t- shirt

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Step 2:  Cut the chiffon or similar fabric into strips which are a little over double the width you want for your collar I went for 5 inches (12.5cm). Cut across the width of the fabric from selvedge to selvedge.

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Step 3: Join 2 of the strips for the collar by placing the strips with right sides together and at right angles to each other. Stitch across the diagonal line shown in the picture below.

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Cut off the triangle leaving a small seam allowance. Now you have a long strip 5 inches wide.

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 Step 4: measure how long you want fabric strip to be in order for it to fit around your collar and to tie a bow ( I made mine 80 inches, 2metres long) You then want to sew this long piece into a tube which is sealed at each end with a slanted seam. Start by folding the fabric in half lengthways with right sides together. Start at the fold on one end of you strip and stitch a diagonal line until you are about ¼ inch away front the raw edges.SAM_0674

Then stitch the raw edges together using a ¼ inch seam allowance. Leave a turning space in the middle of the tube.

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When you get to the other end stitch in a diagonal line again towards the folded edge to close the end.

Trim the seam allowance at the two ends.

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Turn you long tube the right way out. You can now stitch closed the opening you left for turning.

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Step 5: Keeping your t-shirt the right way out pin the collar onto where the old edge of the t shirt was making sure you align the centres. Take care as you go over the shoulders to ensure the chiffon lies as you want it to lie when you wear it (its easy to make it too big here).

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 Step 6: Stitch the collar onto the t-shirt with right sides together.

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Step 7: If you try the t shirt on now you will find it looks very low cut which is not the look I was going for. At this stage you can put a small line of stitching from the bottom of the v on the t shirt to where you want the bottom of the v to be in your chiffon fabric.

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Step 8: Measure the circumference of your arms where you want the cuffs to sit. From the strips of fabric you have left cut 2 pieces that are ½ inch longer than this.

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Step 9: Sew these two pieces into tubes with right sides together and then turn the right way out. Sew the ends together using a ¼ inch seam allowance.

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Step 10: Ease each cuff onto a sleeve of your t shirt with right sides together and pin. Then stitch them on.

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Step 11: Turn all the parts of your t- shirt the tight way out. Top stitch using a zig zag stitch over your seams in order to help everything lie flat.

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Ta dah, you have transformed you t shirt into a smart blouse style top! As this is my first tutorial I would love your feedback and feel free to ask  questions to clarify  any of the steps.

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Comments

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