T-Shirt Tuesday with Michele Parker

by Ramona on November 15, 2011

We’re delighted to have ASG member Michele Parker as a guest blogger today! Michele is actively involved in, and serves on the Chapter Advisory Board of the ASG’s Northern Virginia chapter. She also writes about her sewing adventures on her own blog Sew Inspirations — S


I am so happy to do a T-Shirt Tuesday Project today! I’ve been in a T-shirt funk lately and had no inspiration until now. I’ve been motivated to make a color-blocked T since these looks are a Fall 2011 must-have trend!  This is my interpretation of the color-blocked T-shirt.

Michele’s Color-blocked T-shirt

I purchased ready made T-shirts, very cheaply! I decided that I wanted just two blocks in my final garment. Here’s how to do it:

Start by using two long sleeved T’s. Note that the mustard T-shirt was originally a turtle neck.  Play around by placing the T’s against one another in different formations.
Once you have finalized the block design, put the two T-shirts on top of each other and cut your blocks. 

Play around with placement of color blocks

Cut the blocks from both T-shirts as they are stacked. Cut the sleeves 
at the same length as the body block to create a line that goes across
the body and sleeves at the same point. Now sew the two contrasting
blocks together in a horizontal seam around the body, and you should
 have something that looks like this.
After sewing the body and sleeve blocks
I thought this was a little too plain for me so I used some left over mustard fabric and made a large bow. Using the entire width of the left over T-shirt I cut a 3 inch rectangle. Fold the strip in half with the seam on the end. Place a rubber band the color of the T, about 3 inches from the end to make the bow. Sew on to the new T-shirt, and voila, a designer color-blocked T for about $3!

Cut the bow


Gather the bow

Happy Sewing!
Michele P
Thank you, Michele! I am off to find two T-shirts! Or, I may find some lovely knit fabric to make Michele’s color-blocked look from “scratch”! Let us know what you think, and visit Michele’s own blog to see inpiration pictures for this project and more.
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Sheila November 18, 2011 at 3:46 am

As usual you have shared another of your clever designs with everyone. Keep inspiring us! Sheila

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