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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.

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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