Following my refashioning reveal on Wednesday, today I'm sharing a step-by-step tutorial for creating your very own cut-out shirt. Ssshhhhh, it's a day late...but hopefully totally worth it!
1. Draw your cut-out shape onto your shirt. Don't forget to take into account your seam allowance - I drew my cut-out 1 cm in from the button and neck bands.
2. Cut your shape out - I found using sharp little embroidery scissors to make the initial snip really helpful.
3-4. The make a facing, pin your cut-out shape to some tracing paper and draw around it. I was being thrifty and used greaseproof baking paper from my kitchen cupboard.
5-6. Decide how wide you want your facing to be. I wanted mine to be 1.5 cm, to which I added my 1 cm seam allowance, so I set my Seam Allowance Guide to 2.5 cm and cut around my shape. If you don't have a Seam Allowance Guide, you can just use a ruler to measure to plot and sketch out your facing.
7. Hollow out your facing by cutting away your original cut-out shape.
8. Pin your facing to some extra fabric and cut out.
9-10. You now have perfectly formed facings that you can pin to your shirt's cut-out.
11. Once everything's securely pinned together, go ahead and sew your facing to your cut-out.
12. Trim your seam allowance right down (you can see how much I trimmed off by comparing the right and left sides), but be very careful not to nick your stitches as they will come undone.
13. Once you've trimmed your seam allowances down, turn your facing to the inside and press thoroughly with your iron. Pin everything in place and top-stitch to stop your facing from peeking through the cut-out.
14. Finish your facing's raw edges. I pinked mine, but overlocking or turning under and stitching would work just as well.
Et voila! Now you can rock your DIY cut-out shirt!
To find out how I carried out the rest of the refashion, including adding pyramid studs to the buttons and collar, have a look at my guest post over at Miss P's.
Are you any good at refashioning? If not, has Portia's series inspired you to have a go?