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Casual Pintuck T-shirts

April 28, 2013

This week's edition of our warm-weather series on T-shirt makeovers is simple as can be. You won't have to cut anything apart and you can do this project in less than an hour.

I recently saw a simple shirt in a magazine that had a series of organic pintucks along the neck. It gave the garment such a subtle but interesting texture that I wanted to try it on T-shirts.

To start with, I put my shirt on my dress form and safety-pinned a few tucks in place to make a plan.

1-pintuck-tees.jpgOnce I had things in place, I just took the shirt off the dress form and stitched the folds into place close to the folded edge. The result is, as I said, just a subtle change to the existing texture -- it didn't alter the shirt's shape much.

2-pintuck-tees.jpgSince my first shirt was already a ladies' cut, I wanted to try using this technique to do a little more shaping. So, I started with a boxy T-shirt. First, I pinned the shoulders to narrow them a little -- one of the things that I find the least flattering about unisex T-shirts is the way the shoulder seams hang. So, I thought it would be fun to try tucking them a bit.


3-pintuck-tees.jpgThen, I pinned one long tuck along the torso. My plan was to repeat this tuck over and over to give the shirt a narrower, more shaped waist. Since I'm going for an organic, unstructured look, I just wanted to get the reference line pinned in place.

4-pintuck-tees.jpgThis is the stitching of that waist area pleating in process -- I just moved around the shirt, stitching a pintuck every two inches or so.

5-pintuck-tees.jpgHere is the shirt with the tucking in place. I like the random imperfect lines, but if you prefer a more perfected look, you could mark each tuck with a water soluble marker or pencil before stitching.


6-pintuck-tees.jpgThe key thing to remember with taking little tucks like this in T-shirts is that you have to maintain the ability to pull the garment on.

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Of course, this simple technique could be used to embellish all kinds of garment and craft projects. It's a nice way to play with fabric and add a little fun to your stitching. It's also a good way to give inexperienced stitchers some design freedom to build confidence.

I think I may next do some of these organic pintucks on flat fabric and then cut it to make a bag. And then maybe a pair of pants. And after that ... who knows?








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