Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Made by a Fabricista: DIY Wrap Shirt Tutorial

[This DIY wrap shirt was made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]

So the plans with this month's post went left when I wanted it to go right. Once we put the outfit on, it looked like pajamas and I just couldn't. Although they looked like very nice looking pajamas, it was pajamas no the less. The rest of that fabric will be for another date and time. SOooooo although Fabric Mart does not have anymore denim right now, but I still wanted to post this DIY wrap shirt tutorial.

I have seen this wrap shirt several times on Pinterest and several versions but I didn't see any made in denim. You know how much I love working with denim, so denim it was. I pinned Hartfabrics.com version to my DIY'd board and that is what I used, with a few modifications. Most of the tutorials that I saw called for one yard of fabric, 44 inches wide and the shirts ties at the waist. But I wanted a longer version of this top.

Supplies:
1 yard fabric [I used 54 inch wide denim]
1 Pack of bias tape
Matching thread
Top-stitching thread

1. Cut fabric into three sections  2"X54"   27"X54"    5"X54"
[you need to determine if the width will wrap around for your size. This size wrapped around Mori's 29 inch waist and she is a 36 Bust]

2. We are starting with the skinny straps. [Cut on fold to make two pieces] 
Fold them in half and press. 
Fold each side into the middle and press. 
Fold in half, press and top-stitch.

3. Now let's take care of the thicker straps [Cut on fold to make two pieces] 
Fold in half, right sides together with a slant at one end.
Turn over the with right side & press
Top-stitch each strap

4. Mark the center of your big piece for your neck opening.
Use a round object to make your half circle.
Cut out your neck opening

5. Now take you bias tape and pin it around the right side of your neck opening
Sew bias tape in place
Clip seam around neck opening
Flip your bias tape to the other side and press
Top-stitch neckline [I did mine like denim but that is optional]

6. I made a little curve to the back of my top.[optional]

 7. Hem your sides and bottom. You may want to double fold all the way around and hem. I serged my ends and folded once and top-stitched. I left my bottom salvage edges as they were.



 Here is what you should have right now. Your thin straps, your shirt and your thick straps.



8. Now you will need to measure to determine where you want your shirt to wrap at. I originally measured down 22 inches.  I ended up moving my straps up about 5 inches higher for this version.
The skinny straps should be attached to the front of the shirt

9. The thicker strap should be attached to the shirt back. [same placement as the front straps]

 YOU ARE DONE!!!!
When I chose denim I was aware that some of the inside of the denim would be visible when wearing this wrap shirt. Keep this in mind when choosing fabrics if you decide to give it a go. Put it over your head and tie the skinny straps in the back and now wrap the back straps to the front. You can tie the belt in front or if it's long enough like ours was you can tie it in the back. **You will need to trim you skinny straps but try it on and make the decision on how short to cut them.






   Here some options available now but I bet they have bunch of new fabrics coming soon!


          


    Thanks for watching folks! Until next time. 
Michelle @ That Black Chic 

18 comments:

  1. Looks great. I like the suggestion of the raw silk, your first suggested fabric. The slight stiffness and unevenness of the thread size in raw silk would be perfect made up this way and the texture and no right/wrong side would work well also.

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    1. Robin I got my eyes on that silk and I did see that in person and it is divine!

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  2. And it would make a great vest for over a soft pink or light yellow turtleneck for fall weather. Hmmm...going to look more closely at that raw silk for myself! It may even be 54" wide. FabricMart had some in an Aztec weave, that made up into this shirt would look very southwest, blanket-inspired. Thanks for the idea! Sorta glad your original project didn't work out, heh, heh...😉

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    1. You're right this could be a topper to a turtle neck as well.

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  3. Really cute, as is everything you make and Mori too! Thanks for the denim inspiration!

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  4. That is adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  5. I like this a bit longer for a fall vest or wrap like option. Thanks for another great idea.

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    1. Your welcome Pat and I'd love to see you make a version of this wrap shirt!

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  6. That wrap shirt is fabulous, but I NEED those boots!!! They are divine!

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    1. Stay focused now! lol, they are hot right!

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  7. You are AMAZING! Making this in blue denim to wear with black leggings and a black turtleneck. It's almost Autumn in New York and this would be perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!

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