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