Sportswear: Embellishing a T-Shirt with Coverstitch

Sportswear: Embellishing a T-Shirt with Coverstitch

One of my favorite items to make is a simple t-shirt.  It’s fast and easy when sewn with a serger. Then I use the Brother Coverstitch machine for hemming.  But what about embellishing the tee with coverstitching!  If you have used the Coverstitch before you will notice the back side of the coverstitch has a sporty look, similar to what we see in sportswear.  For this tutorial, I am going to show you how to utilize the 3-thread Coverstitch to create this fashionable look!  Let’s get started:

Materials:

  • Angela Wolf Ruched-T Pattern  (Click 👉🏻 here to order and use coupon code BROTHER20 for a 20% discount)
  • Stretch Fleece Fabric
  • 4 spools of serger thread
  • Tailors chalk

 

DESIGNING THE LOCATION FOR THE STITCHES:

Cut out the pattern. My T-shirt pattern pieces consist of 1 Front, 1 Back, 2 Sleeves, and 1 Collar. There are not princess seams, but I want to add the illusion there are princess seams.  Starting with the front pattern, on the wrong side of the fabric, draw a line from the armscye to the hem.  Use a curved ruler if you need help drawing the curve .

Fold the fabric in half and use your hand to brush the fabric.  This will trace the chalk mark to the other side of the fabric.

Open the fabric back up and you should see a faint line from the first chalk marking.  Use the chalk to trace over this line, making it darker and easier to see. Do the same thing for the BACK pattern piece.  For the collar and sleeve, draw randomly placed chalked lines.

SET UP THE COVERSTITCH MACHINE

Choose the color of thread for the decorative stitch.  Ideally the color should be in the same color family as the right side of the fabric, but enough of a contrast that you can see the stitches.

Decide which stitch looks the best on your fabric:

  • Stitch a swatch of fabric with a wide coverstitch (using the left and right needle)
  • Stitch a sample with the triple coverstitch.

Keep in mind you will be stitching with the wrong side of the fabric facing up.  Check the look of the stitch on both sides.

I prefer the triple coverstitch on my fabric, so I will set up the coverstitch machine with all three needles using 4 spools of thread.  It’s a little faster to stitch from piece to piece, so start stitching on a scrap of fabric and then add another piece of fabric.  This allows me to check my stitch quality and I won’t have to worry about threads falling off at the beginning or end of my garment pieces.  (All of these stitches rows will be sealed in a seam, so no worries on threads unraveling).

For the full tutorial, check out my post on the Brother Stitching Sewcial blog.  I always love to see what your are working on, be sure to share photos of your sporty tops using #angelawolf #brothersews

Cheers,

Brother Expert Sewing Consultant. This blog post may contain affiliate links.

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Learn How to Ruch a Simple Tee

Learn How to Ruch a Simple Tee

My first pattern The Ruched-T  (now available in sizes XXS – 5X and paper or downloadable :))has been out a few months now and I have really enjoyed all the emails and facebook postings from everyone wearing their new tops 🙂   A few of you have asked how I do the ruching and I thought the best way to explain is to just show you.  So I have put together a short video and of course I had to show another awesome feature on the Brother Dreamweaver XE VM6200D, the multi function foot controller.  This special foot allows you to use your feet to backstitch,  cut the thread, put the needle down, etc. and then you can keep your hands on the fabrics while sewing!  Wait until you see this one!  Anyway, enjoy ruching your tee’s and keep sending me photo’s, I love it 🙂   xoxo Angela

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Brother™ has provided me with the DreamWeaver XE, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

The Ruched-T Angela Wolf Pattern is Here!

The Ruched-T Angela Wolf Pattern is Here!

I can’t believe it, but my first pattern is finished and printed!   What  an adventure this has been.  From a fashion designer perspective, I typically design a garment and have it made in a range of sizes … meaning I don’t have to supply directions with illustrations :).  Knowing I can’t be in your sewing room,  I wanted to guide you through every step in sewing a professional looking garment with a tutorial booklet.  So, I decided to ask my worst critic to review the new pattern format since he seems to be the one always sitting on my laptop keyboard, sewing machine, and papers.

This is what Tyler has to say about the first pattern AW1123 The Ruched-T

He loves the spiral bound direction booklet that accompanies every pattern, great to chew on … I chose this layout because it’s perfect to sit next to your sewing machine to follow along and take notes.

 

Tyler analyzed the directions and is happy to see detailed illustrations and designer sewing tips, now anyone can have a professional looking knit top in less than an hour with these easy to follow directions.  If you’re a beginner sewer there are extra sewing tips just for you.  If you are an advanced sewer, the booklet is laid out in a fashion that you can quickly skip ahead to the directions that you need.  Another great feature that will be available for all the patterns (coming in November) is a special area on the website for fitting with video’s and tutorials to help guide you through step by step.

This particular pattern has many design options including three sleeve lengths, ruching options, and various collars.  Sizing for the Angela Wolf Pattern Collection is based on the ready-to-wear clothing line so make sure to check the body measurements, this top is currently available in Misses size XXS – XL (women’s sizes will be out in January).  Checkout the website for more details.

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Last, but not least, is the quality of paper the pattern is printed on.  I can’t tell you how many of my tissue patterns Tyler has shredded into pieces so I had to find an alternative.  These patterns are printed on quality paper so not only will they not shred, they hardly wrinkle … you can even write on them and keep notes for fitting.  Because the patterns are printed on one continuous sheet, you can even request that the pattern be shipped in a tube, then you won’t even have fold creases.

“Love the patterns and the fit is awesome, so the big question is how many more patterns are coming?  This took forever and you are neglecting my brushing not to mention we haven’t played fetch in ages!” … Tyler

Did I mention my cat fetches a ball, rolls over, and begs for food – totally not normal!  Well, the jean patterns are almost finished, followed by the skirts, and then onto the jackets  …

Enjoy and Cheers!  Angela

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