Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Sew-Day: Plaid-Back Tee

This shirt came from last autumn's clothes swap. It'a little too snug, leading to gaping buttons at the bust.

Plaid-Back Tee - BeforePlaid-Back Tee - Before

I also had this plain tank top from my heavier days. It just happens to be the exact same purple hue as the purple in the plaid shirt.

Plaid-Back Tee - Before

I cut the front panels and collar off the plaid shirt, leaving raw edges on the sides and top of the back. Around the armhole edges of the sleeves, however, I just cut the front panels off as close to the seam as possible, but I left the serged edges attached to the sleeves.

Plaid-Back Tee - In Progress

Then I cut out the front of the tank top, leaving the neckline edging, but trimming off the armhole edging.

Plaid-Back Tee - In Progress

I put the back plaid and front purple pieces together, right sides facing, and sewed the side seams. To encase the raw edges of the woven plaid fabric and keep it from fraying, I folded the purple jersey fabric over on top of it before sewing the seams.

Plaid-Back Tee - In Progress

Then I attached the purple armholes to the plaid sleeves. Since I left the serged edges on the plaid sleeves here, I didn't have to worry about encasing the raw edges. Because the armholes of the tank top had been larger to begin with, I had some extra fabric at the top of the straps that was chopped off.

Plaid-Back Tee - In Progress

Next I folded the purple fabric over the plaid at the shoulder seams, and stitched those together.

Plaid-Back Tee - In Progress

I gave my new neckline a nice curve in the back.

Plaid-Back Tee - In Progress

To finish that raw edge, I snipped one of the waist ties off the remnants of the plaid shirt. I used my seam ripper to open it up, making what was essentially bias tape from it.

Plaid-Back Tee - In Progress

I attached it to the back neckline, and I was all set!

Plaid-Back Tee - In Progress

I contemplated putting a plaid pocket on front too, like I did with my tribal tank top, but then I decided, since I had left the sleeves intact, a pocket might be too much plaid.

Plaid-Back Tee - AfterPlaid-Back Tee - After

By pulling the tank top straps outward to meet the sleeves, it created a very wide neckline, which I'm really digging.

Plaid-Back Tee - AfterPlaid-Back Tee - After

And luckily, since the tank top started out fairly long, I was able to keep the length of the plaid shirt, with that great curved shirt-tail hem in the back.

Plaid-Back Tee - AfterPlaid-Back Tee - After

With the thin cotton back, this should be a great shirt for summer. But I feel like it's going to carry me into fall nicely as well.

Plaid-Back Tee - Before & After

12 comments:

  1. Cute! I love this one :)

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  2. Another great top - and great tip about using ties as bias tape. I'm up for anything that reduces the work :) Isn't it great that your materials matched?

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    1. Absolutely! Not having to do all that ironing myself? I love it!

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  3. Another great re-fashion-- turning around the phrase of one in the hand from two in the bush. The skirt is very cute with those pockets.

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    1. Definitely! A shirt on the body is better than two in the refash pile!

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  4. You've really outdone yourself this time. It's absolutely perfect. Come to the NW and be my live-in designer. Laika and I can go running together!

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    1. Tempting... exhausted puppy *is* best puppy, after all.

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  5. I hope this won't be a duplicate. I have never commented, I have been a lurker. I came across your blog through another blogger. Her work is not that great. I always wonder if she ever wears things a second time. A sewing machine and scissors don't equate to good taste. Your work is well thought out, meticulously done and I sense you wear your creation s more than once. I only shop second hand, I don't remake. I enjoy seeing your work. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! We all have our different styles, but I'm glad you like mine. I'm rather fond of it as well. ;)

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