The Abstract T-Shirt Kit
The Abstract stencil was conceived last year as a modern and graphic design with bold geometric shapes. We’ve taken a portion of the stencil and experimented with its scale to create an easy beginner sewing project. Our Abstract T-Shirt Kit includes The Love Tee—Alabama Chanin’s tailored and comfortable ringer t-shirt made of ultra-soft organic cotton, thread in the color of your choice, and a bag of our 100% organic cotton jersey scraps in assorted colors to use for your reverse appliqué. Download the free digital artwork here that you can print at home and stencil onto your shirt. Our kit comes ready-to-sew with all fabric and thread you will need.
- Difficulty level: Beginner
- Approximately 27" from shoulder to hem
- Shown in reverse appliqué
- Instructions not included; Instructions for reverse appliqué can be found in all Studio Books
- Allow up to two weeks for delivery
Cut, stenciled, ready-to-sew, and designed by you
HELP GETTING STARTED
HELP GETTING STARTED
We’ve been digging back into the archives and though all of our garments and projects are made slowly, we always like an easy project that works up quickly. Some of Natalie’s early t-shirt designs used a placement stencil on an already-made t-shirt. Working on a project like this allows you to practice your sewing skills and embroidery techniques before working on a garment’s construction.
The Love Tee acts as the foundation for the appliqué of the modern and graphic Abstract design. To make your t-shirt, you’ll first need to print and cut your stencil artwork then transfer the design onto the t-shirt in the placement of your choice. We chose to place the stencil centered under the neckline.
For our t-shirt project, we used textile paint, but you can use a fabric marker or permanent marker to outline the stencil.
Our reverse applique technique begins with two layers of fabric (the t-shirt and the fabric scraps). The top layer (t-shirt) is stenciled and then stitched with Button Craft thread to the bottom layer (fabric scraps) by following the outline of the stenciled shapes. After stitching, we cut away the interior fabric within each shape to reveal the bottom fabric.
Pair the kit with any of our Studio Books for design inspiration and sewing technique instruction (like reverse appliqué).