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Wednesday
May012013

Henley T-Shirt Re-vamp for the His and Hers microMod sew along

Hiya!

Well, here we are on the last stop of the microMod His and Hers sew along. We have one final project to share, this one by Michelle Abegg!

Boys or Girls Henley T-Shirt Re-vamp

For our sample Michelle used Arches in Grey from MicroMod by Rob Bancroft for Cloud9 fabrics, and a Boys heather grey T-shirt in size 4-5.

Supplies Needed:

Crew Neck T-Shirt

3/8yd MicroMod fabric

1/8 yd Bi Stretch Lite Interfacing by Pellon (Or any all way stretch interfacing)

3 buttons 1/2"-5/8" size

Water soluble fabric marker

18" x 2" C-Thru Red Gridded Ruler

1/4 yd lightweight tear away stabilizer (or in a pinch, tissue paper works too!)

Thread

Note- When instructions refer to right or left placket, they refer to right or left AS WORN, as if the t-shirt was on a person, and the person's right or left are the point of reference.

How to:

1. Cut two 1/4" x width of fabric strips of interfacing. (You may only need one depending on the neck circumference of your t-shirt.)

2. Fuse the interfacing strip(s) to the wrong side of the shirt neck opening about 1/16" from the neck ribbing band seam using your iron.

3. Cut off neck ribbing, take care to cut away the seam bulk as well.

4. Turn shirt right side out. Fold t shirt front wrong sides together along the center front. Using a water soluble fabric marker mark a line 1/2" from the center front and 5 1/2" long, starting at the neck edge. Flip t-shirt so that the other half of the shirt front is facing up and repeat the marking.

5. Open the shirt flat with the shirt front facing up. Connect the bottom of the two marked lines in a straight line. These are your placket line marks.

6. Cut a 2" square of interfacing and center it at the lower corners of the placket marks on the wrong side of the shirt and fuse in place with your iron.

7. Place a piece of stabilizer on the wrong side of the t-shirt front and staystitch the placket line you marked. Sew down one side, pivot at the lower corner, sew across the bottom line, pivot and sew back up to neckline to stitch in one continuous seamline.

8. Mark a line down center front stopping 1/2" from the bottom line of placket marking. From that stop point, mark an angled line to each lower corner of the placket marking. (Will look like an upside down Y shape.)

9. Measure neckline at the cut edge. Cut a 1 5/8" wide by 1" longer than neck measurement length bias strip. (If you need a longer strip than you can cut from your fabric, seam two pieces together.)

10. Fold bias strip in half lengthwise wrong sides together and press. Open strip and press under 3/8" along one raw lengthwise edge.

11. Press under 1/4" at the opposite raw lengthwise edge of the bias strip.

12. Sew bias to neck edge of shirt by folding the bias around the raw neck edge with the 1/4" pressed edge of the bias on the wrong, inside, edge of the shirt, then topstitch the bias close to the second folded bias edge.

13. Trim excess bias even with center front opening of t-shirt.

14. Cut two pieces of Arches in gray for the front placket measuring 3" wide and 6 1/2" long. Press each placket piece in half lengthwise wrong sides together and press. Open up pieces and press under the right, long side of one placket and the left, long side of the remaining placket - pressing 1/2" to wrong side with your iron.

15. Cut t-shirt along the center front line, stopping 1/2" below the bottom line of the placket markings. Clip along the angled marks to almost the corner of the placket markings. Do not cut beyond the staystitching completed in step 7.

16. Mark the upper and lower short ends of the placket on the wrong side 1/2" from raw edges. (This will mark your seam line for upper and lower edges of placket.

17. Sew the right placket to the shirt front; align the unpressed, long raw edge of the placket with the right front opening raw edge and align the lower marked line on the placket with the bottom line of the placket marking on the shirt, let 1/2" of the placket extend above the finished neckline, and sew using a 1/2" seam allowance from upper finished edge of neckline down to the marked line on the placket, stop sewing at the mark. Repeat with the opposite placket and shirt front opening.

18. Fold the right placket right sides together along the pressed center line, with the 1/2" along the remaining free edge folded to the wrong side, and the pressed edge aligned with the placket stitching line completed in step 17.

19. Sew across the upper edge of the folded placket using a 1/2" seam allowance. FOR GIRLS ONLY: Sew across the lower edge of the folded placket using a 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat step 18 with the left placket, but do not sew across the lower edge of the left placket.

***Boys version shown here remaining step photos.

FOR BOYS ONLY 20. Repeat step 18, 19. Then with the left placket, repeat steps 18, 19, and sew across lower edge of left placket using a 1/2" seam allowance.

21. Trim seams from steps 18-20 to 1/4".

22. Turn plackets right side out.

For BOYS ONLY:

22. Edge stitch right placket along upper and both long sides. Zig zag lower edges to finish.

23. Edge stitch left placket along upper and both long sides. Work 3 button holes in left placket, evenly spaced starting first buttonhole 3/8" from upper, finished edge of placket.

24. Layer left placket on top of right placket evenly, with the lower clipped triangle shape of the t-shirt at the lower corners of the plackets layered between the plackets, and topstitch across the lower edge of the plackets, sew up one side 3/8" up from the bottom edge of plackets, sew across plackets and back down the remaining side back to where you started stitching at the lower corner.

25. Sew buttons to the right placket.

For GIRLS ONLY:

22. Edge stitch left placket along upper and both long sides. Zig zag lower edges to finish.

23. Edge stitch right placket along upper and both long sides. Work 3 button holes in right placket, evenly spaced starting first buttonhole 3/8" from upper, finished edge of placket.

24. Layer right placket on top of left placket evenly, with the lower clipped triangle shape of the t-shirt at the lower corners of the plackets layered between the plackets, and topstitch across the lower edge of the plackets, sew up one side 3/8" up from the bottom edge of plackets, sew across plackets and back down the remaining side back to where you started stitching at the lower corner.

25. Sew buttons to the left placket.

FOR ALL VERSIONS

26. Rinse away any water soluble marker and let t-shirt dry.

Your henley t-shirt for boys or girls is now finished!

And now for the giveaway!!! Thank you for following along the His and Hers microMod sew along! We have enjoyed all of the incredible projects our friends have made with Rob's first fabric line, microMod. Thank you to all who have sewed along, and to all of the amazing bloggers that posted!

We are so thankful to be pursuing creative careers and have never met a group of more sincere, generous, creative colleagues and community as we have in the sewing and quilting world. We are floored by that everyday!

So, to show how thankful we are, we have an amazing giveaway to share! (Open only to contiguous United States residents only.) We will draw one random commenter to win a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine, a microMod sewing bag, a FQ stack of microMod and the entire Green Bee Pattern collection. Like us on Facebook, follow Alexia on Instagram @alexiaatitches, follow us on twitter at @greenbeedesign & @alexiastitches

To enter to win, leave a comment here on this post, comments close May 3 8AM CST.


Comments closed.

Lynda H is our winner!

Lynda said: Love this fabric line and the many ideas that have been presented in this blog hop - all the stops were packed with fun ideas. I really needed no further inspiration, micro mod was on my radar before it was released. I hope I am lucky enough to win some. How cool would it be!! May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynda H

We will be in touch to ship your prize Lynda! Congratulations :)

Reader Comments (46)

I enjoyed all the stops! This fabric line is way on the top of my wishlist, it's just amazing!!!!! What an awseome giveaway, thanks so much for the chance!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Sherman

Thankx for the opportunity! I've enjoyed everyone's projects!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Burns

What a great use of the microMod! And what a wonderful giveaway. Congrats on all the great stuff happening!
Karin

Love this fabric line and the many ideas that have been presented in this blog hop - all the stops were packed with fun ideas. I really needed no further inspiration, micro mod was on my radar before it was released. I hope I am lucky enough to win some. How cool would it be!!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynda H

I really enjoyed all the stops on this sew along, such great projects using such great fabrics :) Thanks for the chance to win!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterliz

This shirt is adorable! This has been stuff a fun blog tour with lovely projects all-around :-) I've been inspired to order MicroMod to make Anna Graham's new Super Tote - so excited! Thanks for the inspiration and fantastic giveaway.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDarcy

What an amazing opportunity for a newbie sewer as myself to really hit the ground running! I would LOVE a chance to start making my own beauties with the Micro Mod collection and your patterns!! Thanks for the incredible inspiration.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I had always wondered how to do a placket on a pre-existing shirt, now I know! Thanks and wow, what a great giveaway!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarci Girl

This collection of fabric is great! It has been fun watching all those bloggers make different things with it, very inspiring!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJo

This collection is to die for - I love small scale prints and the colors are spot on.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

I have really enjoyed the blog hop and these fabrics are some I really want to get my hands on!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Marie

I have loved this blog hop and these fabrics are so cute. Love this tutorial and would love to win these prizes. Oh my, it would be Christmas in May - yea - I could handle that. :) I like you on facebook and follow this blog! <3

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGale W.

This was a fantastic blog hop. All of the blog posts have been great. I really love these fabrics and prizes. Thanks for the chance to win!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

Very cute idea!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

wow, I loved all the stops! Great collection!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie A

I have really enjoyed the sew-along. Thanks so much for doing it!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I have loved this sew along and the projects made. I have pulled out my microMod and plan on cutting into this week!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmilee

HELLO! THIS POST IS A KEEPER! I LOVE THIS TUTORIAL+KNOW I'LL USE IT!
THANKS FOR A NEAT GIVEAWAY!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

It's been awesome following the projects and several are on my to-do list! Thanks for the giveaway.....

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia H.

What an amazing blog hop! The versatility is this fabric line is endless. Thank you for sharing.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

What a great fabric line and giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win this great prize!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterApryl Gardner

Ya'll put together a fantastic sewalong with so many of the bloggers I love to follow and I found some new ones to follow! Congrats on Micromod and I can't wait to get my hands on some of my own! Thanks again for the great sewalong I learned a lot of new things and added lots to my to-do list!
mrs(dot)hbraun(at)gmail(dot)com

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Braun

This tour has been so fun. It has been great to see all the things that people have done with this line.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTamie

Wow - that is an amazing giveaway! I've enjoyed seeing all the different projects using this fabric in the blog hop. And I really like the shirt!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Love these colors and loved this month of fun stops.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSewsyourmother

LOVE this fabric- I've been keeping up with all of the blog posts to admire this fabric. Also, I like the wallet you sewed at the beginning- simple yet useful. I'm making one for a gift card holder. Anyway, I would love to win the fabric, the sewing machine (it would definitely be a step up from my cheap (but loved) brother), ALL of those patterns (wow, I would love to make all those bags and quilts), and the bag. (Whew, that's a lot).

It's so fun to watch blog hops; I've discovered so many during this month. Thank you for this amazing giveaway, and congratulations to whoever the lucky winner is.
-Jacqueline

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJacqueline

What a great way to make an ordinary shirt fun and fashionable! I really enjoyed this post and all the posts on this blog tour. And the Micromod fabric is awesome! Thanks for all the inspiration!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I have just discovered you...and I love this fabric collection, must find some to buy! Thanks for all the projects and introductions to new blogs.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

I have really enjoyed this blog hop. My fave projects were the 2 quilt designs "Betty Crocker-Ass" made. You prints are so cool and I cannot wait to get some!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Armenti

I enjoyed all the stops in this microMod hop/sew along. Thanks so much!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen

I follow Green Bee Design & Patterns on Facebook

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen

I have enjoyed all of the stops on this hop. Each designer has been so creative in using your fabric. My favorite print is Tick Tock in white, it is just so versatile. Thank you for the hop and for the chance to win.

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCecilia

What a wonderfully creative bunch of artist in this group - I have enjoyed visiting all the sites - Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!!

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Norton

I enjoyed all the stops on the hop. Lots of new ideas for things to sew. Thanks for the giveaways!

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindi

big Rob fan over here!<<<<< I will have to post pics of the quilt I am making with some Micro Mod fabric. It's the bees knees!

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThemetalthumb

I love this fabric line. LOVE IT! And I have really enjoyed all the ideas from the blog hop. I am currently using several of the prints to make a baby quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Love the Henley project. What a great idea!

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

Been staying up way past my bedtime exploring each stop on the hop...so many great ideas and creative talent! (p.s., I love that your dog's name is Soda.)

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

what a great project. Loved it!! Hope i win .Thankyou.

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshshenoy

Loved seeing all the stops (and seeing a bunch of Micromod in person being used at the Stash Bash)! Thanks for a chance to win!

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElla

Henleys' are my favorite casual cut! Now all I have to do is get over my unease in dealing with knits.....

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjonquil

Loved seeing all the projects made with this fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJill Froelich

I think I'm commenting too late to enter the drawing, but that's totally okay since I won the drawing at Sukie's stop on the blog hop and would feel sort of guilty about entering this one. But I wanted to say I had so much fun following along -- all stops had great projects, and I found a lot of new blogs I hadn't previously been following. Thanks so much for organizing this!

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

I just checked back on this blog to get the instructions to insert a placket, and found out that I was the grand prize winner. How exciting. I can hardly wait to be contacted....

May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynda H

Hi,

I was following along just fine until I got to step #19 (for girls). Something big is missing here. You show a picture with the plackets crossed over each other at the bottom, but don't explain anything about this picture and what is happening here. Later you mention triangles and show a picture around step #22 but there is no context to this picture, nor any steps shown on how to create this. I hope I'm being clear. It's like there are 2 or 3 more steps missing and suddenly one side of the placket is (magically) shown sitting over the other side.

Please review the steps and provide additional directions after step #19 and please explain what is happening in the picture of the plackets crossed over each other at the bottom (around step #19). Thank you!

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMoxie
Stumbled on your page through another blogger's link & I'm happy that I did!

Thank you for sharing this post.
Your basic tee turned out fabulous... I Love it!!
September 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

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