nkw (prettypertelote) wrote in t_shirt_surgery,

Long post and TUTORIALS (sort of)

I have been a member of this community for two years, and when I first joined I could hardly sew at all. Most of what I have learned has been from experimentation, and a large part of that included examining how some of my favorite clothes were made. I think that's one of the easiest ways to teach yourself how to sew!!

I want to quickly answer two questions that I got quite a bit, so for those that I haven't directly responded to can get the answers:

1. I get my fabrics from a variety of different sources-- there is definitely not one good place to look. I find it hard to get inexpensive fabrics online, but sometimes ebay has some great knit fabrics in bulk that people don't want to buy because they'd have too much. I also look for unique fabrics at garage sales and resale shops. I visit all the big fabric stores too.

2. I don't use patterns because they're frustrating and I don't have the patience to follow the directions. I mostly flip my clothes inside out to see how they are made.

I have only made a couple of tutorials because I was getting so annoyed with how crappy they were. I will not be able to make anymore because I have just returned to school and I will be very busy, and thinking about how I made this stuff is backwards to me since it's mostly trial and error. I will answer in this post your questions for any of the other stuff I have made and haven't answered.

EDIT: 3. The appliques I have been making are pretty easy. You should find some iron on stabilizer and iron it onto the back of the fabric you would like you make your applique out of. Wunderunder and Heat and Bond are great because you can then iron the cut out onto what you are going to sew it on, and it secures it in place so you can top stitch without it getting all funky. It also forms a protective seal around the edges to keep it from fraying.

MISFITS JACKET THINGIE: I made this tutorial assuming that whoever will be making this will have some basic background in sewing a shirt and making ringer tees and t-shirt collars. For a reference, I made this tutorial a LONG time ago under my old account, __pinkmelk__,and there are plenty others in the memories.

First step: I had this huge Misfits shirt. The print was on the front, but it doesn't mean you can't move it to the back. I first cut the front and back apart.

Second Step: Since I added different sleeves to the jacket, I cut off the sleeves from the front and the back, and made a two long sleeves. I resized it how I needed to, and sewed the sides and shoulders back together. I have kept the front and back separate for illustration purposes.

Third Step: Since I had sewn the shoulders and sides together, I now added the long sleeves. The added panels to the sides are optional, and are fairly self-explanatory.

Fourth Step: On the front part of the shirt, whichever side you decide on, cut a line down the center, and cut diagonals into either side, taking out two triangles. The deeper you want to the shirt to open, the longer you make the diagonal cuts.
You end up with something that looks like this.
Fifth Step: You need to create the edging/collar to finish off the front. I took an extra long piece of material, long enough to skirt the entire front sides and back collar of the shirt, and folded it in half. I took the long strip and attached it to the shirt, starting with the button of one corner, snaking it along the entire front, and ending at the opposite bottom of the front cut.
Sixth Step:You know have the long strip attached to the front. I made a thicker band and folded it over to create the band at the bottom.
Seventh Step: Now that you have the bands added on, you can meet the two sides together by adding buttons/button holes. You can decide how many you want and where to place them. You can also have the front close together with ribbon, clasps, grommet tape, safety pins, you name it! Whatever will be functional or can give the illusion of a button up shirt!


Creating a turtleneck is very simple. You create the shirt however you like it, and to add a turtle neck you simply...

So you have your shirt. You don't want the scoop in the neckline to be too deep, or else it will make it hard for the turtle neck to actually fit your neck. Cowl neck lines are a different story......

Cut out a band of material, double the length of the height you want your turtleneck to be, because you will be folding this in half. Also, double the width of how wide your turtleneck needs to be to fit the opening in your shirt. First, fold the material in half length wise, and sew to create a circular length of fabric. Then, fold the material over lengthwise, as pictured.
Now, you will attach the folded fabric to the shirt. Attach the side of the collar where the edges meet to the edge of the opening in the neck.
When you flip your shirt right side out, you should have seamless attachment. If you woud like a cowl neck or a floppy turtleneck, you make the collar bigger than the opening of the shirt, and longer than is necessary to fit around your neck.

And finally, if you want to make a peter pan collar to a shirt, I can't really give you much help because that is something I am still working on. I can, however, give you a basic pattern for making a rounded collar, and it is like so:

Cut out two pieces of the same shape, make sure that the length of the collar is long enough to go all the way around the opening you have created in your shirt (you can do this by make a prototype and pinning it to the shirt, seeing how much more you need to add or how much you need to take away.) Sew the pieces together, leaving an opening at the bottom/non-rounded edge part. Flip it right side out, BE SURE TO IRON IT FLAT, and attach the open ended side to your tshirt. I am still trying to figure out the best/cleanist way to do this.

If your opening in your shirt is smaller, it may become hard for you to shove your head into your shirt with a non-stretchy collar attached. You can see I fixed that problem by cutting into the neckline of the shirt, and attaching bias to it to reinforce it. You can reinforce it in various ways, including sewing the edges back, a zig-zag stitch, or ribbon.

SO GUYS! I hope that these *sort* of help. Please ask questions for clarification, because I know that these are probably hard to understand.

I also reconstructed and created three tops I haven't posted here yet:

You can view the auctions through the link at http://pertelote.com.

Tags: tutorial: jacket, tutorial: neckline, tutorial: shirt
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