This is the first-ever DIY Kit for our classic T-shirt Top. Designed with the holidays in mind, this negative reverse appliqué Paisley pattern can be completed quickly, but has lots of detail. The pattern for this Capped Sleeve T-shirt Top is included in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design and detailed instructions for construction can be found on pages 48-49.
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DIY PAISLEY T-SHIRT TOP
T-shirt Top Pattern from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design
2 yards of 60”-wide 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey
1 spool Coats & Clark button craft thread
Or purchase a pre-cut and stenciled DIY Paisley T-shirt Top Kit here.
Cut out your pattern pieces from your organic medium-weight cotton jersey for the T-shirt front, back, and sleeves. (Note that we chose the cap sleeve for our version.)
Cut one additional T-shirt front panel. This panel will become your appliqué.
When finished cutting, you will have one back panel, two sleeves, and two front panels.
Once dry, pin the top, stenciled front panel to the bottom layer of the front panels with right sides of both layers facing up.
Following instructions for negative reverse appliqué found on page 99 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design, straight stitch 1/8” inside the edge of the stenciled shape; then cut the top layer of fabric 1/8” outside the edge of the stenciled shape, leaving a ¼” sliver of top-layer fabric beyond your stitching line. (See detail photo above.)
After all of the stencil pattern has been embellished with embroidery and cut, construct the T-shirt by-hand using a double strand of button craft thread following the detailed instructions from page 48-49 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design.
OUR DESIGN CHOICES
Fabric weight –Alabama Chanin 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey
Fabric color – Italian Plum
Button craft thread- Coats & Clark color #41B Maroon (Burgundy)
Knots – When you start and finish a length of thread, double-knot on the inside of the garment.
Binding Stitch – Cretan Stitch (This is the stitch used to sew the rib-binding at the armholes.)