Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to the Back of a Shirt

I have a cotton shirt that needed some adjustments. It is a loose shirt but it was a little too loose on the back. So, I gathered my sewing supplies and went to work. Below are the front of the shirt and the back, after making the adjustments:

Making adjustments and adding embroidery to the back of a shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.comMaking adjustments and adding embroidery to the back of a shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

I also embroidered by hand a few lasy daisies. On the back:

Making adjustments and adding embroidery to the back of a shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

On the front:Making adjustments and adding embroidery to the back of a shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

And on the sleeves:

Making adjustments and adding embroidery to the back of a shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

For the embroidery, I used two threads of a hand-quilting thread that I absolutely love: 100% Egyptian Cotton King Tut. For the hand sewing of the fabric, I used 100% Polyester Gütermann. Yes, I use polyester thread with cotton fabric. No, I am not ashamed of it. I do not mind mixing cotton with polyester. It never caused me a problem. Even when I wash my clothes in the washing machine. I always use Gütermann for sewing and have been for years and years. I find it has an excellent quality/price ratio.

I have prepared a tutorial for making such adjustments to the back of a shirt, that you will find below. Everything was done by hand. I know that I am not the only one adjusting clothes. How do YOU do it?

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Tutorial for Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to the Back of a Shirt:

Making adjustments and adding embroidery to the back of a shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.comMaking adjustments and adding embroidery to the back of a shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.comMaking adjustments and adding embroidery to the back of a shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.comMaking adjustments and adding embroidery to the back of a shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

Click here for the lasy daisy stitch tutorial.

More sewing tutorials:

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8 thoughts on “Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to the Back of a Shirt

  1. That is such a pretty shirt to start with France, but you made it even lovelier! Those daisies are so sweet and it adds a wonderful handmade touch. The directions for adjusting look very well done. I tend to do tailoring by machine. Although when I was young, I always embroidered a bunch of daisies sticking out of my jeans’ back pocket.
    I sure love King Tut variegated thread!

    • Thank you, Lara! I can visualize such a pair of jeans with daisies. Must have been quite lovely! Tailoring by machine is certainly faster. It’s just that more at ease with doing it by hand. 🙂

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