July 04, 2011

The Lemony Zebra Shirt

My husband came up with the name, the Lemony Zebra Shirt, because he said it looked like a cross between a lemon and a zebra. 
I think he got it right...don't ya think?
Notice the bag...it's the Chic Denim Bag...click here for the tutorial 
I've had this idea in my head for awhile now and I am really pleased at how it turned out.  It took a lot of work, but the end result was worth it for me.  I tend to turn to ruffles when I remake a shirt, so this was new territory for me in a way.  It is simple yet it stands out on its own.

So this is what I did. 
I bought two shirts; one that fits and one larger, same color. 
The larger one I took the sleeves off and separated the front from the back.  
Because this shirt material is very sheer and somewhat see through, I decided to use both the front and back of the larger shirt to give the shirt some sort of stability (if that makes sense).  Layer the front and back of the larger shirt to the front of the shirt that fits..
and pin, pin, pin. 
Now sew straight or not so straight lines across the front making sure to back stitch at the beginning and at the end of your stitch.
When done, cut down the middle between stitches.  This is the same concept as this tutorial.  Now you have 2 layers of fabric that are sewn to your shirt. 
These layers will be cut again.  This time, cut both layers that are ON TOP of your stitch line about 1/4 inch from the stitch. Then cut each layer individually that are ON THE BOTTOM of your stitch line.  See the bottom picture for an idea of how it should look.  
I know this is a lot of work, but it really is pretty.   And don't worry about cutting straight lines.  Remember knit fabric doesn't fray but rather soften up with each wash so the cuts you make will just give the shirt character...
Close up of the cuts
I really like how the stitches curved up towards the sleeve

Because I took pictures at different times while making this shirt, the color of the shirt varies.  The first picture is the true color of the shirt.  

105 comments:

Jill said...

I LOVE THIS!! I bought a top on clearance for my daughter a while ago that is like this and I've been trying to figure out how it's made so I can make one for myself! THANK YOU!!!!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Just Jaime said...

Cool idea! Love it!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I have a shirt like this and they left the layers a little longer - this is a great tutorial to achieve this look!

Megan said...

this is an awesome idea! thanks.

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Michele P said...

Too Cute! Mind if I copy?
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Andrea said...

Love the name!

ShannonSews said...

Very cute!! What a great idea. I've been trying to think of new ways to embellish tees without the same old ideas. This is brilliant!

La-Dee-da crafter said...

Cute and I love the color. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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following you now

Carolyn said...

That's fantastic. What a clever way to make the ruffles. I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board.
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by night said...

I am not sure I'll ever have the patience to do this but it sure looks awesome!

Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things said...

Very cute! I'm pinning this on Pinterest because I definitely need to try this out. I'm your newest follower from Creative Princess Link Party. Hope you'll stop by my blog and follow back. :)

Jen @ My Own Road said...

So cool! Thanks for sharing, I'm pinning this for later

Anna @ Crafty Girls Workshop said...

This looks awesome, thanks for sharing! I just saw that Big Lots has t-shirts for $3 so this is perfect.

Kelli said...

Oh wow! LOVE IT!! Great job. I am bookmarking this for sure!!

Lisa McB said...

Brilliant!

Bella@Bellabeforeandafter.blogspot.com said...

Carmen,

Girl, I am so happy you found me, and shared this with us. I love how simple you made this ruffle shirt look, AWESOME. I also love how many tutorials you have on here, so I MUST be your newest follower, YAY...

Can't wait to see what you link up next.

Thanks so much for linking up to my party :)
I loved this so much, I featured you girl!
Come grab a button girl, and display it proudly!

Hugs, Bella **Features from week #43 & 44** @ Bella Before and After
**PARTY PLANNING TUESDAYS** @ Euro Style Cakes. Party planning tips, decorations, invitations, and recipes welcome to link up.

Lucy Designs said...

this is so awesome! thanks for sharing the how-to. I'm thinking of doing it on a larger scale for a duvet

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