June 16, 2010

Petal Tees Tutorial!





I love the colorful, unique look of this shirt, and it can be made in only four steps!
Hooray quick and easy refashions!
  • First cut "petal" shapes out of knit scraps in two different sizes. Cut enough to go around your neckline overlapping half of each other. I used 22 each of the large and medium size for my large scoop neck.
  • Lay the larger ones across your neckline, overlapping by half. (don't skimp on the overlap, you don't want to see through when it stretches!
  • Then lay one smaller petal where the larger petals overlap each other. Pin well.
  • And sew on with a narrow zigzag stitch. You're done!
For a little more elegant look, I used the same technique to refashion a sunny yellow tank that Paige had in her closet, using three different shades of yellow nylon Chiffon. 

 It reminded me of something you might find at J. Crew!

So Paige and I had fun doing a little Crewcuts inspired photo session :o)

The petals almost make little cap sleeves when she wears it alone! But it was a little cool for that today :o)
 

    My original thought was to make a stem coming down from the neckline so it looks like a big flower, but then I thought that might be a bit much. What do you think? To kiddish? Maybe I could try it on one of Paige's?

    And thank you so much for all the feedback on the new look to our site! (Good and bad!) I think I'm already on my way to being used to it. It makes me really happy! :o)

    Well, take care! I hope things are going well for you all!

    69 comments:

    1. Love the unique design of your petal tees! Awesome photo shoot too!

      :-)

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    2. Really cute! Your daughter is a great model :)

      http://mycurrenthobby.blogspot.com/

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    3. So cute! You did a great job. I also really like the new look. It's so clean and fresh!

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    4. Love it! I do think the stem would have been too much - but - maybe if you just did a flower in the center of the shirt then you could have a smaller stem meeting that smaller flower...

      Great Tutorial!

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    5. Disney, I really enjoy your website. Thank you for sharing your creative ideas.

      Have you ever heard that couples that have been together a long time begin to look like each other? I know your daughter is hamming it up for the camera, but even when she's not she does, in fact, look like you! It looks like you two have a lot of fun together.

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    6. Another fun and cute project by Disney. You two were in your element of cuteness today. You should be in a magazine. Oh, yeah. You already are. Looks like Paige was in a good and cooperative mood today. She must have had a good nap. She makes the perfect little model. I'm sure she feels all grown up wearing mommy's glasses. Now if only we could all look so cute. Love all of the pictures. I think you can never have too many pictures.

      Trudy
      www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

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    7. I really like your daughter's version. It reminds me of a tutu on the neckline- sort of. :) And your new design is beautiful! yay you.

      Blessings,
      Sarah

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    8. LOVE this! I think I am about to make a big mess cutting petals to dress up a plain tee I set aside just this morning because it just needed "SOMETHING." And it's a perfect use for those ridiculously small scraps that I cannot force myself to throw away. I love you! :)

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    9. I love it and your new site design as well!! You've inspired me to spruce up my girls tops and redesign my blog!

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    10. No stem. It looks really pretty the way it is!

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    11. No stem. It looks really pretty the way it is!

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    12. Totally LOVE! and the best part... easy!! yay! you are so talented! can't wait to try this one!
      sisters4saymoreismore.blogspot.com

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    13. how sweet are these! Totally a fun little summer number to wear. Going on the To Do list!

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    14. LOVE these shirts. Soo cute. :]
      especially Paiges. :]

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    15. No stem, love it just the way it is.

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    16. ok one question....did you pin the petals on before sewing? I am wondering how they all stayed on so nicely? its adorable!

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    17. These shirts are so pretty! I especially love the yellow chiffon version. So girly!

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    18. This is awesome! I love your tutorials! :)

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    19. So pretty! I think the photos make this one of my favorite posts yet.

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    20. Very pretty - and I love your lipstick. :)

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    21. adorable! carnival meets butterfly!

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    22. Too cute! Love the bright ness of your shirt and what a great way to use up those scraps! I must ask....do you have a good place to get cute knits at? I have been searching and searching with little luck and love some of the ones you used!

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    23. SSOOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!!
      I LOVE really the Color's.
      Were did you get all of the
      cute knits?
      I can't wait to make this shirt!!!

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    24. Amber: Thank you! I don't really know of any places, although you might do an Etsy search? I always use old shirts and things, which is where I get the patterned knits. You might keep your eye out at yard sales for pretty knit shirts!

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    25. Adorable and you and your daughter are so beautiful. Thanks for the fantastic tutorial, you are amazing.

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    26. Oh my word - I'm in LOVE! Paige's shirt is awesome. Thank you for another fabu idea! :)

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    27. Love your skirt and necklace. You will have to let us know where they came from.

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    28. Love the knit petals, what a great idea for recycling t-shirts! Paige is the cutest little silly-billy.

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    29. Penny: Thanks! The skirt is Target clearance from a few years ago, the necklace is a heart that my grandfather carved from wood, strung on some lace trimming. :o)

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    30. Love the petal tee - what a great way to use up scraps too! And your new blog design looks great!

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    31. This is SO cute. Hope you don't mind I did a post about it on my blog.

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    32. I love both versions of your petal tee!! The one is so bright and colorful, and the other light and airy.

      I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
      http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-colorful-petal-tee/2010/06/16/

      --Anne

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    33. so pretty as always! And your pics are just gorgeous. I was just wondering today who you get to take your pics of yourself or if you set it on a timer or something. :)

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    34. so pretty so fun!!! you and your little one are adorable! I learned of your blog from my friend Shannon over at luvinthemommyhood... :) I love your blog too! oh so pretty!

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    35. you guys are so cute! I love your blog!

      nidhilicious
      engineeringsocialite.blogspot.com

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    36. Totally cute top Disney!

      Disney, I am glad you like to switch things up with your blog. I even like the new layout with less "clutter". But I don't really like the "read more" button you have. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading your blog and I just want to be able to scroll right into it.

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    37. Such a cute photo shoot. Paige is so funny with the big rose and the glasses on :)

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    38. I love these photos! THis post looks like a fashion session for a magazine!
      and those tees are adorable. I especially like the one with chiffon you made for Paige! Once more, thank you for sharing this beautiful idea!

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    39. Love the new look and what a fun tee revamp... the chiffon on your daughter's version is perfectly sweet. Just lovely.

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    40. Very nice, and it looks sublime with your coral lipstick too :)

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    41. nice :) I love the new blog layout as well as this simple to make refashion!

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    42. That is absolutely adorable. Great work, Disney! That one is going on my to-do list for sure. You rock!

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    43. I very much like this...and have several shirts waiting to be refashioned! I like the multi- colored look, and then I also like what you did with Paige's. Fabulous! I can't wait to try it.

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    44. I like both these tops. Super cute!

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    45. I like the idea of the stem, it would be cute coming off the side and even a subtle leaf on your side that would show if you lifted your arms. Love this idea, thanks for the inspiration!

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    46. Nice work. Love the wild colors in the petals. And Paige is adorable as always.

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    47. I love your ideas, and the fact that you generously share them on your blog.
      Your tutorials often inspire me, and I visit often to see what great things you're up to.
      Thanks for what you do!

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    48. Awesome. Simple. easy. Elegant. Love it!!

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    49. Cute idea - I might try this on a bag or purse. It would really dress it up.
      nanasknoll.blogspot.com

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    50. Stinkin' cute!!! Love it!!! Quick question for you...I have made other shirts with knit embellishements, like roses and when I wash it they curl up into themselves and don't look full or pretty anymore...what am I doing wrong?? After I made that one, I am reluctant to anymore :(

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    51. very very nice my lovely blogger!!

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    52. maybe I think your blog is so cute i added it to my blog roll
      thanks
      xoxoxo
      http://deannalw.blogspot.com/

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    53. Oh, these are fabulous. Seriously, these ruffles are the best thing since peanut butter and chocolate. :)

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    54. So pretty! I want to do this to a boring t-shirt I have to get through the rest of my pregnancy. Only 8 weeks left and I need something pretty to distract me from my swollen ankles! :) Thanks for posting!

      Jennifer

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    55. Super cute Disney! Like this one without a stem but the stem idea would be cute I think on a shirt with a neckline not so wide and another row or two of petals to really create the "flower" effect or as someone mentioned, a small flower right in the middle. Love your blog! :-)

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    56. I have to make my daughter one of these... great use of your farbic scraps!

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    57. WOW! Both of these shirts look awesome! I love the fact that both of the shirts were so simple! By the way sign your daughter up for a crew cuts shoot! Seriously, she is cutie!

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    58. Great tutorial and adorable photoshoot!

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    59. I have just discovered your blog and what a find! I love your colourful petal top so much! I have seen the petals done a few times but I never thought of doing different colours!

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    60. thanks to Dana over at Made, I just saw this for the first time. It is simply amazing!!! Love it, great job! And the photos are simply darling :)

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    61. I just made this shirt this morning while catching up with my DVR! I used green, white & blue prints & solids scraps on a navy blue shirt... it's super cute! I wish it'd been a scoopneck like yours, but it still looks adorable.

      Thanks for all the cute tutorials you post! I can't wait to do more!!

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    62. that's just cute!
      at most i love the colorful variant.

      I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

      doro K.

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    63. What an adorable tutorial! I love reconstructing boring t-shirt into something fabulous like these. I like this tutorial so much, I ended up including it on my blog... http://darlingadventures.com/?p=574
      Thanks!

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    64. Very cute! Did you fray-check the edges of the petals?

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