Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Third Shirt

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Third Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.comMaking Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Third Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

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.

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Third Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

And I also added hand embroidery.

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Third Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

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.

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Third Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

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.

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The first two shirts:

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to the Back of Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to the Back of a Shirt

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Second Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Second Shirt

Small Handbag – Lavender along the fence

Small Handbag with lavender - pattern at francenadeau.comThis is a Small Handbag I have made as a Christmas gift for my mother. The front is decorated with a machine-quilted fence and hand-embroidered lavender. The outside is made from jeans and the inside from Indian cotton.Small Handbag - Lavender along the fence - pattern at francenadeau.comThe back has a tag dangling from the handle. With tiny stems of lavender and the initial of my mother’s first name… Claudine. I was lucky enough to find this ribbon in my basket of bits and pieces. A brown ribbon that coordinates perfectly with the cotton.Small Handbag - side of the bag - pattern at francenadeau.comAnd beautiful wooden beads, also in the same shades of brown. I decorated the tag and the sides of the bag with these. As well as the inside edge of the bag. Below is the lavender motif I have created and have been using for years. On cardboard and on fabric alike.Lavender embroidery on small handbag - France Nadeau

The pattern for this Small Handbag is available in my Craftsy Pattern Store, in French and in English. Please note that the pattern is for the handbag itself and not for the embroidery and the various decorations, although I indicate in the pattern when the embellishments should be added. Like quilting, embroidery, ribbons and beads.

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Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Second Shirt

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:

Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Second Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.comMaking Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Second Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

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.Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Second Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.comI 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.Making Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Second Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.comMaking Adjustments and Adding Embroidery to a Second Shirt - tutorial at francenadeau.com

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…

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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

 

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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