Thursday, July 5, 2012

{Sewlebrity Crush} Color Block Tee from Craftiness is Not Optional

I am sew excited to introduce my Sewlebrity Crush... 
In my eyes, Jessica is a "Sewlebrity," and here's why I've got a "Crush" on her!
 I am seriously blown away by Jessica and her sewing skills. This girl is on fire! Have you seen her sewing tutorials page? Her little girl's clothing are just to die for. I am always so excited to check Jess's blog to see what she has thought of next. She is a genius! I'm also super happy that I got to meet her at SNAP (no pictures to prove it though, sad)! I was actually really intimidated to meet her, which is silly because she was just SO nice and easy to talk to. I hope I get to meet her again someday! (Sewing Summit roomies? lol).

Today, she is showing us how to make this darling Color Block Tee. 

But first, here are a few reasons why I have "fallen in love" with Craftiness Is Not Optional.

Jessica, thanks for being my Sewlebrity Crush. You rock!
{To see the amazing line up of my other crushes, go here}.
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Now here she is, with her fabulous tutorial!
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Hey Family Ever After readers! I'm Jess, from Craftiness is not Optional, and I'm so honored to be here today for Rachel's Sewlebrity series! I had the chance to meet her at the SNAP conference back in April, and she is seriously so nice and very sweet! Plus she has an awesome name to boot. (my middle name is Rachel and I've always loved it!)

I can't wait to see what the other guests come up with-I am flattered to be counted among such talented ladies!

I decided to upcycle some old tees into a new, color block tee for my oldest daughter-and I just love this color combo! How can you go wrong with white, teal, and mustard yellow, I ask you?

It can do no wrong.


I think this look would work for boys too-though don't quote me on that, I don't have much experience sewing for boys. (and I have another girl on the way...so not in the near future either haha!)


Here's how I made it:

You'll need: 
 3 colors of knit or old tees to recycle
thread
ballpoint needle
tee to make pattern from
sewing stuff (rotary cutter, iron, spray starch is handy, etc)


I used some knit yardage (white), and two tees to upcycle into this new tee-and used the existing hems on the sleeves and bottom. Bonus!


First I made a pattern by folding a tee in half and tracing around it like so. I lengthened mine a bit because I thought I'd have to hem, but the fabric I chose was from existing tees so I didn't have to! Label the fold and size.


Cut out that pattern and to make the sleeve pattern, trace the curve of the armhole.


Then sketch in the rest like so...knit is really forgiving so it will stretch into place easily when you sew it...but this shape fits nicely in the armholes. The top line is the fold, make sure to label that.


Then I cut out  two of the sleeves on the fold like so. I had to shorten my sleeve to fit the sleeves on the tee, but it worked out fine.


Both my hems on the shirts were pretty similar so I decided to use them...otherwise I would have cut  my pattern pieces high and hemmed them up together after sewing together.


So then I cut out a back piece using the back neckline.


For the front we're going to piece it together, so I folded it in half where I wanted the blocking to start like so.


Then cut out the bottom half on the fold, adding seam allowance on top.


Then cut out a top piece using the front neckline and adding seam allowance also. I simply folded the pattern out of the way.


Now to assemble the tee! I used  my serger, but it would work just as well on the sewing machine, just make sure to use a ballpoint needle and a small zig zag stitch.

Sew the top and bottom bodice right sides together.


Then press. This is the key to nice looking knits! Always press after each seam! Also don't press and drag like on wovens. Press down, then lift up and move to the next spot.


Now for the neck binding...I cut out a piece of fabric on the bias 1.75" wide. (make sure it's long enough to go around the neck.


Then press in each long side to almost the middle, and then in half.


This is the ultimate secret weapon for knits-spray starch! It keep the edges from rolling and curling up on you.


Then wrap the binding around the neckline...and oh yeah...lol. Forgot a step! Sew one shoulder seam right sides together first. My bad!


Then sew all along the edge, making sure to catch the underside of the bias tape in your stitching.


Then sew the other shoulder seam right sides together.


Next pin and sew in the sleeves into the armholes, right sides together. Here's a better pic (from another tute)


I serged mine in, but I've sewn them in the regular way so many times. (lazy much?) lol!


Then sew or serge the sides right sides together, lining up the hems on the sleeves and bottom. (the knit will stretch nicely to fit if it's off a little.)

Then you're done! Thanks for having me, Rachel!


Sewlebrity Crush is sponsored by the wonderful Fat Quarter Shop.
Stay tuned for a big giveaway on August 1! 

8 comments:

VickiT said...

Another super cute tutorial from Jess! I love her blog and the awesome tutorials she so nicely gives us.

Thanks again

Cocalores said...

Really cute T-shirt! But that girl is so adorable, she'd look sweet in any outfit =)

Alissa said...

I love it, plus it is recycled, sweet! Jess is great!

Alissa
ripleyadoption.blogspot.com

Taylor {Sew Much Love} said...

Well done Jess! LOVE IT!

Jelli said...

What a cute tutorial. For whatever reason I thought it was a fabric-painting color block. This is much better. Now wishing I could stitch.

Miranda said...

This is darling! I love the color blocking. I think it would be cute for my boys, too!

Tammy said...

I love Jessica's tutorials. Thanks for inviting her to post on your blog!

AshleyCrouch said...

So cute!