Tag Archives: T-shirt

Style Arc: La La Laura


The last of the pin-up fabric has finally found it’s pattern match!  Whew!

Not so much “Whew!” in construction, but more in terms of auditioning various patterns.  Trying to figure out which one would make the best use of the remaining fabric proved to be more work than I expected.

It didn’t help that I only had one full pin-up panel left!  Did I mention she was only printed down the center of the fabric?  Who wants to wear someone’s legs, with no head or torso?  Not I!

Digging through the accent knits – you know, those bits and pieces you keep because there’s no telling when they may come in handy.  Solids.  Polka dots.  Stripes.  Small prints.  Anyway, hiding down at the bottom of the bin was a black & white dot, which works perfectly.

Like the Kim Swing Top in this fabric, I added more sparkles to the girl, then some to the accent fabric.  While adding rhinestones not difficult, it was tiresome, as my able pawed assistants decided jumping to and from the table was the order of the day.

Scattered rhinestones everywhere!


Style Arc: Kaleidoscope Kim


Another quick sew, the Style Arc Kim swing top.  This one in a riotous kaleidoscope of colors.

Since I’ve made this top before, there’s were no fitting adjustments.  Sewn on the serger.  It took me longer to cut it out, since it’s cut single layer than it took to sew it.

It’s comfy.  It’s cool.  I’ll wear it with leggings.

Gardening Queen


While Grandmeow no long has the ability to garden, she still likes her sparkles.  On good days, she remembers her roses.

This design, courtesy of Urban Threads, I think (though I could no longer find it on their web site – it’s an old design) was just right for a summery salmon shirt (say that three times fast!).

A crown with leaves and roses, dressed up with rhinestones.

The only problem is every time I see it, the Abba song “Dancing Queen” starts running through my mind.  Aaaahhhh!



More replacement t-shirt stitching

Another one for Mom.

This design was a lot of fun to play with.  I altered the colors of the designs inside the bear. They’re difficult to see in this photo, but trust me, there’s lime green and hot pink and yellow.

No bling on the front, as it really didn’t need it.

There is another design on the back, so it’s as fancy coming as going.

Style Arc: Panel Laura


Another foray into sewing the “The Good Stuff”.  This is a panel print knit from Emma One Sock. I think a shipment from the Netherlands.  She gets the most beautiful fabric!

I had one panel of this to work with, and wanted to make the most of it.  There wasn’t enough for sleeves, but there was for cuffs on sleeves.  I did that instead.

The pattern is the Laura.  I modified it to remove the front and back yokes. Also made it a little wider, as these are pajamas.  Comfy jammies at that!

When everything was sewn, all that’s left is the scrap to the right.

Hot Patterns: Riviera Cote d’Azur


This is a classic from Hot Patterns, the Riviera Cote D’Azur top, tunic and dress.  Designed for drapey knits, it’s one of those go-to styles that I have finally gotten around to going to.  Dressier than a regular t-shirt.  Versatile, as you can make make it with or without sleeves, as well as different lengths.  I think the pattern has been in stash for several years.  Hot Patterns, if you’re listening – don’t discontinue this one!

The top above was my fitting muslin, and it fits quite nicely, thank you very much.  Rather than go through the whole process of tissue fitting, I just compared the paper pattern with a regular t-shirt, highlighted the appropriate sizes, and traced it off.  After adjusting for my computer-caused forward shoulders, away I went!

The sewing was straight forward.  All done on the serger, until it came time to hem on the cover stitch.  I will offer this caution – that V neck is deep.  I took it in an inch, and it is still youthful.  I was going to say revealing, but it’s not, it’s just lower than I usually wear.

The fabric is from one of the knit bundles that Fabric Mart Fabrics offered ages ago.  It’s an ITY knit.  I liked the boldness of the stripes with the impressionist flowers.  Liked it enough to use it, not enough that I would have been upset if this turned into a wadder.  I am glad it didn’t.

Flaming Go-Go


Has anyone realized that t-shirts do not last forever?  Especially when they are washed en-masse, along with jeans, towels, sheets and what not.

This one is for Grandmeow, to replace some of her more worn and tattered favorites.  She will get a lot of wear now that warmer weather is coming.

I did something a little different when embroidering this design. A home-made applique, if you will.

I didn’t want the stripes to be as bright under the flamingo, so before the flamingo thread color stitched, I slipped a piece of organza under the needle.  Once the bird was done, I snipped away everything outside the bird.

Lastly, I added nailheads to the ‘go, ’cause a girl’s gotta have her bling.