This week's project is a quick t-shirt reconstruction with the reverse appliqué technique which
basically means layering two different fabrics, sew them togheter, and then cut away part of the top one to
reveal the one underneath.
Ready to start?
What you will need
- a plain t-shirt in your size
- some fabric for the patch
- fusible interfacing
- fabric shears
- small and sharp scissors
- needle and thread (or, if you prefer, a sewing machine)
Cut a square of red fabric of the desired dimensions, I've used the short
sleeve of a ruined red t-shirt.
On the wrong side of your patch, apply the fusible interfacing.
Draw a swirl on the interfacing.
IMPORTANT: remember to draw the swirl as mirrored, because the interfacing is the wrong side of our patch.
So, if usually the Debian swirl has the back to the left and the front to the right - like a "(" - when you draw it on the interfacing it will need to have the back to the right and front to the side - like a ")".
I do realize that this explanation isn't really clear: just look at the picture above.
Turn your t-shirt inside out and pin the patch (with the interfacing up) in the place you want to
put it: I decided to put mine on the lower left corner, approximately 10 cm above the bottom hem.
(In the picture is lower, I changed idea on the position just before sewing it)
Now you can sew it, following closely the drawn line.
Because I'm lazy, I decided to do it by hand, but if you're not afraid of sewing curved shapes, doing it with the sewing machine is definitely the right (and quick) way to do it.
Now, you can cut the extra fabric around your swirl.
Turn your shirt right side out.
Make a snip through the knit in the fabric on the inside part of your stitches and cut off the extra fabric, to reveal the red swirl underneath.
Be careful to not cut the red fabric!
If you like it, you can end embroidering a dashed line (with running stitches) in a contrasting thread all around the swirl.
And you're finished: now you can enjoy your new Debian t-shirt! :)
For any questions feel free to contact me.