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CLOTHING => Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed => Topic started by: GatsbyGirl on May 18, 2008 06:46:04 PM



Title: Argyle Applique
Post by: GatsbyGirl on May 18, 2008 06:46:04 PM
This is actually my husband's idea. He wants me to cut up some of his old t-shirts and use them in argyle design on either a blank t-shirt or a hoodie for him.

Since I didn't want to jump in and use his project for practice, I decided to use some fabric scraps and old tees of my own.

First up:



This one didn't go too well. 1) When I outlined the appliques a couple of the edges got away from me. Wouldn't be terribly bad except when I put the t-shirt on, the knit stretched the fabric away from the edge at a couple of tips. Since my husband doesn't have boobs, this wouldn't be a concern for him, but regardless it's sloppy. 2) While it photographed well, the stitching is actually too light so you have to be pretty close to see what we're going for.

Next up:



This one turned out MUCH better. I played around with my sewing machine (and in the process ended up making a sampler of all the stitches it can do) and found a couple of thicker options. I also like how all the colors contrast on this one best.

Still, while I have it down in theory I still need a little more practice before I do my husband's. I'm going to see the baby of friends for the first time on Thursday, so I figure I can whip up a couple of onesies for her in this style before I go to work out the kinks even more.


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: nataluna on May 18, 2008 06:51:51 PM
are you fusing the diamonds onto the t-shirt first?  cos it seems like that would make it easier.
although it would not be as soft....


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: GatsbyGirl on May 18, 2008 06:54:41 PM
I am. But I'm using the lightest fusing I can find so it won't be horribly stiff. I'm also backing it with tearaway stabalizer before I sew to help keep things from getting wonky during the stitching.


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: oddacity on May 18, 2008 06:55:18 PM
Those are gorgeous! I love the fabrics used for the argyle, and especially the contrast on the blue one. Great color combo. ;]


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: kategirl on May 18, 2008 06:57:26 PM
oh, such a great idea!  it turned out really nice.  :)


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: Babyangel on May 18, 2008 07:02:57 PM
totally cute!


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: camilaustral on May 18, 2008 07:24:34 PM
very creative, i like it ;)


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: nataluna on May 18, 2008 07:50:17 PM
yeah i think even your practice ones are turning out really pretty.  i hope you will actually wear those.


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: beccacc on May 18, 2008 07:52:02 PM
ADORABLE! loe the color and fabric choices, good job, nice and simple


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: nofury on May 18, 2008 08:39:52 PM
Wow. I have to say that's a very interesting idea, and I'm going to bookmark you! I'd love to see the final product, although I love both of the ones you've already completed! It would be super-cute as a onesie. I do hope you'll post pictures!


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: drawingnut on May 18, 2008 08:48:43 PM
where did you get the t-shirts?


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: OnePinkHippo on May 18, 2008 09:21:59 PM
I love them both! Esp the color combo in the blue one. I'd love to see the final!


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: julyseventeen on May 18, 2008 09:43:11 PM
Looks great! I like the colours in the first one


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: TessTessi on May 18, 2008 10:31:44 PM
Very cute! Another way to get thick stitching is to use a top stitching needle and/or use two strands of thread at once. I just wind a bobbin in the same color as my thread and put them on the same thread holder, then you just hold them together and thread as usual. 


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: TessTessi on May 18, 2008 10:32:17 PM
ps I meant to mention this article they gives photographic proof of the usefulness of topstiching needles! http://pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2008/04/15/why-use-a-topstitching-needle/


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: Nymphara on May 19, 2008 09:24:56 AM
Nice! I have actually thought about doing this several times, (my bf loves argyle, so I see it a lot) but haven't gotten around to it. It's so neat to see this realized. Though I'm sure yours are much nicer than mine would be. I have a lead foot on the machine!


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: urnokey2myhart on May 19, 2008 11:15:02 AM
wow thats a really great idea, especially cause there are scraps of fabric all over the place. I think I may have to steal your idea and try it myself...


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: Pinky Damone on May 19, 2008 05:16:04 PM
i looooove theeeem!


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: tinab363 on May 19, 2008 07:28:43 PM
These are so cute.  Love them.


Title: Re: Argyle Applique
Post by: mbhookstar on May 19, 2008 09:42:33 PM
way cute!!!!!! luv it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8)