Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Shirred V-neck Top Tutorial


I am a t-shirt and jeans type of girl! If you are too, you might enjoy this simple tutorial. All you need is a V-neck shirt, a scrap piece of fabric, matching thread, and elastic thread for shirring.

Step 1: Find a V-Neck t-shirt and a fun piece of fabric twice the width of the opening you will want to cover and approximately 5” h.

Step 2: Finish the two long sides of the scrap fabric. I used my new Hem Foot. It is a new tool for me and I am needing more practice with it. :) If you do not have a hem foot you can roll over the longest raw edge twice, iron and edge stitch.

Step 3: Wind your elastic bobbin thread by hand.
In my case because I have a brother machine, take the casing out and thread bobbin thread into casing. Wind the elastic through until you hear a click.

Step 4: With my machine set to it’s longest stitch, shirr 9-10 rows.

Step 5: Cut the shirred fabric piece to fit your t-shirt, adding just enough to fold over the side raw edges. Iron and sew over 3 times on each side to secure the “V” side elastic edges.

Step 6: Pin the shirred fabric to your v-neck t-shirt. Sew around your t-shirt, try to stay on the t-shirt’s original topstitch.
Congratulations! Your done!!!
Now you have another fun way to add your favorite fabrics to your wardrobe. This project idea would look awesome with a skirt to match! Or try it on a kid size v-neck top to match a pair of cute handmade shorts or pants!
If you make a Shirred V-neck top, post your creation to your Sew Spoiled Projects! It is a flickr group set up for Sew Spoiled blog readers who make projects from Sew Spoiled Tutorials and Patterns. Simply join the group and add your pictures! I will post pictures from the group to show off your work.
Happy Sewing!


Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [03 Aug 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Lynne in NC said...

Awesome tute! Thanks for sharing. Now I can buy those 'revealing' tops and stylishly modify them for me and my daughter.

Its A Blog Party said...

Thanks for linking up!

Robin said...

This is a truly great way to recycle (or upcycle as I like to call it.) I love it and would love to see you post this at my linky party Upcycled Awesome!
http://tinyurl.com/Upcycled9 and come back to my blog for Stashbusting-September. I promise it will be worth your while!