Fashion Upgrades Crochet Inlay

Distance view of crochet inlay

Fashion Upgrades Crochet Inlay –

sha-la-la-la-la-la my oh my, lucky readers,

it is already the Fourth of July. Jeepers! Insert stereotypical blogger comment about how scary it is that time has passed so fast and blah di blah.

Wanna know what isn’t scary? How darling your sense of fashion has become since you’ve started following my blog. I know I know you can thank me in the comments, or by following me on instagram.

I promise I’m not actually conceited, ya’ll, I’m just really excited to share this project with you. I tinker with my clothes, which sometimes leads to disaster…but not today. I have this plain cream shirt from the Gap, like so:


Before Photo - fashion upgrades crochet inlay


boring, eh? yeah well no longer. This project was so low risk- I just cut out a rectangular section of the back, sewed in this beautifully textured little inlay, did a little optional detailing at the bottom and voila – we went from Gap to Anthro stat.


holding finished shirt on hanger


xo🍀,

lindsey mae

Fashion Upgrades Crochet Inlay –

Materials

simple t shirt
1 skein Patons Grace yarn (I used orchid)
4 mm crochet hook
Embroidery needle
ruler

if your t shirt is especially long…you may need another skein…plan ahead luckies

Key

ch- chain
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
sk 1 sp – skip one space

Directions

You can make this inlay as narrow or wide as you like, the key is to have an odd number of stitches in your motif so that the double crochets will line each side. By repeating my motif of 25 stitches, my inlay was 5 inches wide.

Crochet pattern –

Back Inlay

Start – ch 26
Row 1 – sc in 2nd ch from hook, continue sc across (25)
Row 2 – ch 2, *dc, ch, sk 1 sp, dc, and repeat from * across
Row 3 – ch 1, sc across
Rows 4 – ? – Repeat rows 2 & 3 as needed to create a swatch long enough to stretch the entire back of the shirt


Fashion upgrades crochet inlay close up
LOVE the texture of this


Bottom Trim

This part is optional, but I found I liked how it helped tie the whole look together.

Start – ch 6
Row 1 – sc in 2nd ch from hook, continue sc across (5)
Row 2 – ch 2, *dc, ch, sk 1 sp, dc, and repeat from * across
Row 3 – ch 1, sc across
Rows 4 – ? – Repeat rows 2 & 3 as needed to create a swatch long enough to stretch around the entire bottom perimeter of the shirt – don’t finish off right away, leave a little extra yarn to give yourself room to extend if you need to.

Assembly

Find the middle line bisecting the back of your shirt.
You want the inlay to fall exactly at the middle, so using a ruler, draw a line in pencil on either side that is the same distance from the middle as half the width of the inlay.

For example, my inlay was 5 so I drew a line all along the shirt that was 2.5″ to the left and 2.5″ to the right.

Cut out this section of the shirt, leaving the seam at the collar intact

Use the yarn and an embroidery needle to whip stitch the inlay into the part of the shirt you removed.

When finished, take the trim and whipstitch it around the entire perimeter of the bottom of the shirt.


attaching bottom edging to shirt
Whip stitch edging to base of shirt



Fashion upgrades crochet inlay in action



“I’m bringing sexy back, yup!” -JT




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