Anthropologie's Patchwork V-neck tutorial
Today I'll share a tutorial with you for this lovely tee:
- Start with your tee (preferably a ring-spun v-neck). I got this one at the Goodwill outlet when I was collecting yellow things--it's a Kohl's brand. I think I wore it to paint in and it has a smudge of black high-gloss paint on the front! I wish I had had a paler one like the Anthropologie v-neck, in a neutral color or something, but this will have to do.
- Now pull out all your pretty scraps and trims that you think capture the look of the Anthro copy. I pulled out all the yellowy ones and some heavy cotton lace.
- Lay out the pieces as you'd like them to be. I like to do this with my computer right behind my work so I can glance up a lot and look at what I'm copying!
- Use spray adhesive to keep all the fabric pieces in place. If you don't have any spray adhesive, you could use pins, but this would be a serious pain in the neck. I laid out the big piece that comes all the way up the right side first and cut away at the neck.
- Press the pieces down carefully--watch out for melting and unsticking the spray adhesive.
- Sew down the pieces. I used a zig zag stitch for most of the pieces, but a straight stitch on the finished edges of the hankie I used and on the very high quality, tightly woven shirt pieces (the gingham).
- Back to the computer, look at the inspiration and copy the embroidery pattern onto the shirt with a pencil or fabric marker. I really wish I had a fabric marker in times like these...
- Using a thick thread, sew over your lines either by machine or by hand. I used a heavy Coats and Clark cotton thread in off-white, which was not super easy to sew with, but which left very clearly visible stitches like the original has.
- This part is optional, and not necessary if you're new to sewing or unsure of your machine. I used a buttonhole stitch to make little round-ish spots on the branch--the Anthro version has some fancier detail but this is my simplified version. Some of them are just a row of buttonhole stitch, some are buttonhole, double back, more buttonhole next to the first.
- Next, clean up all the threads--trim lots of threads off the tree thing.
- That's it! Maybe give it an extra press, but it should be done!