These sweater and jump suit are the very first clothes I have knitted. This was 20 years ago. When yarn began to attract me. You may feel that attraction yourself. You walk innocently on a sidewalk when you realise you just passed a yarn store. Your feet are directing you to the entrance even before you made a conscious decision to enter. Once inside, you see and touch the sweetest and softest yarn. And while going through the magazines you find the perfect pattern for that yarn!
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This is a third–and last–post on making adjustments to the back of a loose shirt. Sometimes, making a pleat on the back is just what a shirt needs to be more fitting. And to enhance your silhouette. I usually do this work with hand stitching and this is what I have done for this third shirt.
And I also added hand embroidery.
I used hand-quilting thread to make the embroidery (King Tut). And to stitch the pleat. Looking at the picture below, it may appears to have been a mistake. The thread is thicker than regular sewing thread. And shows. So much for an invisible seam… But it shows more in the picture than in real, as it was zoomed. In my defense, I will say that the color of the thread was just the perfect match to the off-white fabric. Really perfect.
I have added a tutorial for making adjustment to the back of a shirt on my web site, in pdf format. Thank you for visiting.
The first two shirts:
Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to the Back of a Shirt
Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Second Shirt
The first step is knitting the top and making a crochet border. The second step is to sew the skirt and the ribbons. This dress is for a 1-2 years-old girl.
An old t-shirt was used to make the skirt and the ribbons. Look at this raspberry color!
The crochet borders are made of scallops (three double crochets).
There are three different textures: the knitted white yarn, the little squares on the cotton and the crocheted scallops unifying them.
This dress is for a 4-5 years-old girl.
Again, an old t-shirt was used for the skirt and the ribbons. You can see it was a twin to the raspberry t-shirt.
When crocheting the borders with a sweet-green yarn (the same I used for the Sweet Summer Scarf), a hole appeared at the armpit. (If you want to discover any mistakes you may have made, take a picture!)
I like this mix of colors. And, again, the various textures.
Knitted and Crocheted Dress Tops
Pink Knitted Pouches
Here is a second shirt unto which I have made some adjustments. Like the first shirt, it was too loose on the back. The picture of the back of the shirt was taken after I made the changes:
I have followed the same method. I put the shirt on and marked the small of my back with a pin. I removed the shirt, gathered two small pleats at the top and pinned. I gathered the fabric lower down (2″ on each side of the centre, where I marked the small of my back) and pinned. I ironed the fabric and sew by hand. The shirt being made of a very thing white cotton, the seam is not invisible. Much less than with the first shirt. But thin fabric does that.I could not resist adding a lazy daisy at the top. And one more at the bottom. I used hand-quilting Güttermann thread. White on white for a subtle touch of elegance.
I am well aware that you may not see clearly the details in the pictures. Everything is white. I have included below the pictures of the tutorial I have posted last week. Where the details are easier to see. Maybe you also have a shirt a little too loose on the back…