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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2 Color Block Shirts, From T-fest: 2 Plain Shirts by Christie of Lemon Squeezy Home

I'm so excited to have Christie from Lemon Squeezy Home here today, sharing a great refashion/remix project with us.  It's such a clever way of introducing some color blocked clothes into your closet.  If you haven't visited Christie's blog, be sure to do so.  She has some impressive sewing skills, and some of my favorite top tutorials out there.  For example, The Easy Peasy Shirt, The Frumpy Shirt Refashion,  and if you're looking for a great Halloween shirt, the Bat Shirt is perfect.

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Hello!  My name is Christie and I’m excited to be here today to share a really simple and fun project that can be done pretty quickly.  The best part about it is that you use two existing shirts and turn them into two colorblock shirts.  No waste!  All you need is two shirts that are the same brand and size, wonder tape, and basic sewing supplies.


First, I measured about 2” up from the underarm seam and marked a line.



Then, I lined up the under seam of the sleeve, starting at 1” by the cuff, and then matching it up to the line already drawn on the bodice of the shirt.


Do the same on the other arm.


Now carefully cut that line (I used a rotary cutter), being careful not to stretch the fabric.  That way you’ll be able to match it up easier.




Now do the same thing on the other shirt. 


Trade the bottom half out and match up the shirts.  *Now, please take note that I’m well aware that my sleeve seams where it meets the bodice do not match up perfectly!!! I thought I was doing a great job, but once it was sewn together, they were not matched perfect.  But guess what?  You don’t really notice until you point it out to someone, so just don’t point it out.  Honestly, when I sewed the second shirt together and tried even harder to match up the seams, the sleeves were a bit trickier to match up at the cuff, so I say, just do the best you can to match it up and it will still be cute.* 


I stuck wonder tape to the right side of the bottom portion.


Pull off the paper on top so the top is sticky now as well.


And start matching up the right side of the other shirt (make sure it’s the front of the top shirt with the front of the bottom portion). 


Match up the cuffs as well as they can get.


Now it will look like the picture below.


Again, start putting wonder tape onto the right side of the shirt again, and press the right sides together of the shirts.



Now sew the seams, making sure not to catch any parts of the shirt you aren’t supposed to ;).  I used about a 1/4” seam.


So now the inside will look like this.  Iron the seam down.



Repeat steps to make the other shirt.

And you are done!


See how this seam I didn’t get quite matched up:


But here I did!

And let’s see how Poppy likes it.  She broke out her best modeling skills for the shoot.




Thanks for having me today, Tricia!

Thanks so much Christie for sharing such a great project.  Clark would love some shirts like this.  I have the hardest time getting him to rotate the items in his closet.  He picks a couple of his favorites, and then wants to wear them everyday.  I'm sure if I made some red and blue color (the only colors he's willing to wear right now) blocked shirts, I could sneak them into his rotation. Thanks for the great tutorial Christie.


Emily said...

The split sleeves are fun! I wish I'd known about wonder tape sooner!

Unknown said...

I think wonder tape might change my life! And the split sleeves totally make the look!

Unknown said...

This is so clever! I'd love to do this for my twin girls.
Found you on Trendy Treehouse! Such a cute onesie you shared!

Anonymous said...

This is such a great idea!!! I will try this and as far the seams not matching, I think it makes the shirt have "character"!!!
Jill S.

Unknown said...

Nice post and amazing T-shirts. Last month, I also purchased various shirts, sweatshirts and shrugs. Basically these days the style and trend has changed and I have seen lot of changes in the clothing lifestyle. Well, these days the trend of online shopping goes well as we could able to compare the prices and brands online.

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