Sunday, November 19, 2017

Taking a "Shot" at Reverse Applique

Hello Refashion Fam!

I made this a couple weeks ago and I am still thrilled with how good it turned out. Enjoy!

I have this men's t-shirt from an indoor shooting range we used to go to when we lived in AZ. I like to sleep in it. But I realized this shirt could be SO much better, and cooler!

I found an outline of a Desert Eagle online, sized it up, and printed it out.

Even sized up, the barrel and slide area still wasn't quite big enough to cover the logo on the shirt. So I added some size to that area and the grips (to make it look proportional)

Logo is covered! 
I outlined the 'stencil' in tailor's chalk.

I chose this slightly-psychedelically butterfly fabric. It came off an old miniskirt that was handed down to me.

I set my machine on a fairly small, quite tight zig-zag, and sewed over the chalk outline. I had to go slow since there are so many corners and curves!

I cut away the extra fabric on the back (inside) of the shirt around the applique. I don't think this material will fray so I didn't do anything to the edges

Then I cut out the black fabric/logo on the front of the shirt inside my stitch lines

TAH DAH! Because of the fabric it makes me think of some groovy 1970s spy LOL. I also cut away the neck ribbing

And I cuffed the sleeves and tacked them down with a few stitches for a cool-girl casual-rolled-sleeves vibe.

There ya have it! This has become one of my favorite tops for sleeping in; the applique turned out great and it's just a really cool homage to a gun range t-shirt!

To all my American friends, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week!

Best,
~Illy

2 comments:

Chickie Walsh said...

This is a great technique. I really like that vintage looking fabric. Very inspiring.
Chickie

Samwise W. said...

Thanks Chickie! It was my first real go with it and I forsee myself using it a lot more in the future :)