Flower T Shirt Embellishment

Ha! When I said I’d get this tutorial up “soon” did anyone else realize that my soon usually is about a week (give or take)? 
Yeah, I’m a bit slow, but this time I can blame it all on the USPS. I don’t think that this whole “ship your package to the nearest large city via FedEx/UPS, then hand it to the post office to deliver it” system is anywhere near efficient. 
I live in a rural town. It takes a few days for things to show up from the “drop-off” town. And has the USPS ever been known for it’s quick delivery?  I guess I shouldn’t really complain, seeing as how the shipping was free, but something silly like that has never stopped me from complaining about inefficiency 😉
Anyways, for this tutorial, I ordered two shirts from LandsEnd, since their quality is substantially higher than WalMart’s (which is what I made my first shirt out of) and they had a bunch of their tshirts on sale for $4 (plus the aforementioned free shipping). I really liked their shadow stripe fabric, but not the idea of layering, so I bought a solid v neck shirt and a tank in the coordinating shadow stripe to cut the flowers out of. 
Now that the shirts are here, I can honestly say that I really love the feel of the cotton knit and even though it’s their “modern” fit, LandsEnd cuts their shirts just shy of being baggy to cut down on cling. Which, for my quasi apple shape, is essential in masking a muffin top.
So yesterday, I spent the late afternoon/early evening making the flower embellishments so I could wear the shirt to my hubby’s birthday dinner.  And today, I whipped up the pattern instead of working out. Hopefully it ends up being a good trade….
A few things of note, before you start your own:

  • I made big flowers because I have. a. big. chest. Please feel free to adjust the width of your strips to fit your chest size. (smaller for smaller busts, larger for larger chests) But don’t make them too narrow, or they’ll be a pain to sew.
  • Flower placement is all up to you. There is no special formula to laying them out on your shirt. Just play around with your flowers until it looks good to you. If you need inspiration, check out Anthropologie or JCrew.
  • I apologize now for the quality of the pictures. I had the ISO set really high for some mid day, high sun pictures I took and completely forgot to change the settings before I started shooting this project. So, they are a bit fuzzy. Sorry about that…
  • And there will inevitably be spelling errors in the tutorial, even though I’ve read through the thing a dozen times. **cough**rachel**cough**
Alright, enough text!
Here’s the tutorial (clickety click to make it big)

Elastic Band Skirt {Toddler Size} Revised!

I finally got a hold of some wide elastic to put on my daughter’s “princess” skirt. The smaller width just looked like underwear to me. So, I decided to revise the tutorial to reflect the use of a wider band. And I made it all one page, so clickety click to make it big.

And of course, I had to take pictures of the skirt, being modeled by my adorable girl. She sure loves anything princess these days and this full twirly skirt seems to fit the bill.

Oh and Rachel, I know there are tons of typos. I’ll fix them later. Maybe. 🙂